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BHGE introduces lightweight, non-composite conventional frac plug

A new conventional frac plug constructed completely from an engineered alloy is 70% lighter than conventional material. The MILLITE plug, just released by BHGE, cleans up and mills out smoother than any other conventional plug on the market, said Stacey Meredith, Frac Plug Product Line Manager with BHGE. It offers something completely new to the industry. With a specific gravity of 1.8, the fine debris floats out of the well without additional cleaning or costly chemicals. At 13 in., its design produces a lower volume of debris than standard plugs. In this video from the 2019 Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on 6 February in The Woodlands, Texas, she also talks about key features of the plug and the results achieved ...

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Churchill deploys circulation sub in Iceland geothermal project

Churchill Drilling Tools announced it ran its DAV MX CircSub in the world’s deepest (4,650 m) and hottest (427°C) geothermal borehole in the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) in 2017. The tool was selected on the recommendation of a major operator and partner for the IDDP due to its robust temperature resistance and experience in HPHT conventional wells. The tool offered a contingency against pack-off related circulation loss in which the BHA components would be cooked if circulation was lost.  Since then, operators have run the DAV MX CircSub 11 times in geothermal wells, activating the tool on 13 occasions. In 2018, this included an onshore geothermal well in the Netherlands, where the operator, running two DAV MX CircSubs, was able ...

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DynaEnergetics completes field trials of new DS Trinity perforating system

DynaEnergetics, a business of DMC Global, announced it achieved a 100% success rate on field trials of its new DS Trinity perforating system. DS Trinity, which features three charges on a single plane, is a member of the DynaStage family of factory-assembled, performance-assured perforating systems. The field trials were conducted in 6-in. casing using a 4-in. outer diameter (OD) DS Trinity system...

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BP invests in new artificial intelligence technology

BP Ventures has invested $5 million in Belmont Technology’s Series A financing to further bolster BP’s artificial intelligence (AI) and digital capabilities in its upstream business. The investment supports BP’s ongoing work exploring opportunities to apply machine learning and cognitive computing in its global oil and gas business. The Houston technology start-up has developed a cloud-based geoscience platform using AI. The platform has a string of unique capabilities, including specially designed “knowledge-graphs”. BP experts feed the platform geology, geophysics, reservoir and historic project information. It intuitively links that information together, identifying new connections and workflows, and creating a robust knowledge-graph of BP’s subsurface assets. Much like data searches available in the consumer domain, BP experts can then interrogate the data, ...

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Altus Intervention invests in smart simulation technology

Altus Intervention UK is investing in a new state-of-the-art training simulator to boost the safety and competency of its personnel in the field. The new MultiSIM portable well intervention simulator developed by advanced simulator manufacturer, Drilling Systems, will be installed at Altus Intervention’s UK facilities in Portlethen...

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Trendsetter Engineering continues to deliver solutions in West Africa

Trendsetter Engineering is poised to deliver three Template Slot Adapters (TSA) and associated TCS connectors for a major operator in West Africa. Following a contract award in early Q3 2018, the equipment will be delivered in Q1 2019 from Trendsetter’s Houston facility. By utilizing the TSA, the operator will be able to reconfigure the template and associated manifold slots to allow for the tie‐in of satellite trees without removing the existing wellhead systems or production guide bases. This technology provides flexibility to add new wells, ultimately eliminating the need for specialized tooling and significantly reducing the vessel time necessary to complete the tie‐ins that are traditionally required to connect the template to a satellite well.

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ExxonMobil and IBM to advance energy sector application of quantum computing

ExxonMobil has stated that it has signed a partnership agreement with IBM to advance the potential use of quantum computing in developing next-generation energy and manufacturing technologies. The new partnership was formally announced during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. As part of the agreement, ExxonMobil becomes the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network, a worldwide community of Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions and national research labs working to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications for science and business. “The scale and complexity of many challenges we face in our business surpass the limits of today’s traditional computers,” Vijay Swarup, Vice President of Research and Development for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, said. ...

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Ensco launches Continuous Tripping Technology

Ensco has announced its Continuous Tripping Technology, a new proprietary solution that provides more efficient and safer pipe tripping and helps to lower customers’ offshore project costs. The patented technology, in concert with other key equipment, sensors and process controls, fully automates the movement of the drillstring into or out of the well at a constant controlled speed. When deployed during offshore activities, it enables pipe-tripping speeds of up to 9,000 ft/hr – up to three times faster than tripping times achieved by current conventional stand-by-stand methods. The technology can be retrofitted to both floaters and jackups. It is well-suited for ultra-deepwater drillships and larger modern jackups. Ensco recently completed the installation of the technology on ENSCO 123, and commissioning of this system is underway. ...

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AFGlobal launches Performance Drilling platform for onshore, shallow water

AFGlobal has announced the launch of its Performance Drilling platform, a combination of equipment and software aimed at the onshore and shallow-water drilling markets. The platform incorporates equipment and software to seamlessly support rig operations with fundamental capabilities, including applying surface backpressure set point pressure control while drilling, automated ramp schedules during connections, early kick loss detection (EKLD) and choke condition-based monitoring (CBM). Built around AFGlobal’s rotating control device (RCD) technology, metering and measurement package and task-specific intelligent control, the Performance Drilling toolkit enables drilling contractors to safely and efficiently maximize performance with industry-proven solutions that increase ROP, improve safety and increase hole stability while minimizing sticking. “Our aim is to make closed-loop operations a practical reality for onshore drillers,” Mark Mitchell, President of ...

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