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Innovating While Drilling

Dissolvable tools, plug-less and wave fracturing among innovations delivering more efficient multistage completions

The Infinity dissolvable plug-and-perf system uses degradable fracturing balls and seats instead of plugs to isolate zones during stimulation. The ball and seat disintegrate into a fine powder, eliminating the need for milling and enabling full-bore production. The system is suitable for multistage stimulation in various well geometries, including extended-reach wells and underpressured reservoirs.

The past 12 months have been marked by market volatility, pressures to cut costs and a drastic reduction in the number of onshore wells drilled. In the unconventional sector, however, innovation for multistage completion technology has not diminished. R&D efforts are pressing on in response to operator demands to drive down costs and boost recovery.

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Firmus, Duro technologies reduce environmental footprint of drilling operations

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Data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) shows that for every foot drilled in the US, 1.21 bbl of drilling waste is generated. Of that, 50% is solid drilling waste – or mud and cuttings, made up of solids, liquids and other additives. As regulators continue to raise the level of expectations on drilling companies’ management of drilled solids...

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FMC Technologies develops shape memory alloy solution for subsea industry

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FMC Technologies has developed and patented a technology to replace the orbital welding process used to connect small bore hydraulic tubing used in subsea equipment — the Shape Memory Alloy Subsea Fitting. The technology is based on shape memory alloys — a nickel-titanium material that returns to its original shape after subjected to environmental changes such as temperature or pressure.

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