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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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American Petroleum Institute awards bolt fatigue testing program contract to DNV GL

The American Petroleum Institute has awarded a contract to DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, for the full-scale S-N fatigue testing of large diameter bolts. The objective of the program is to improve fatigue assessments of critical bolted connections particularly in subsea applications by generating new test data. This testing will take place within DNV GL’s global laboratory network involving its sites in Columbus, OH and Norway, which provide extensive corrosion expertise and the ability to test up to capacities of 7500 kN. These laboratories have key subject matter experts in the areas of fatigue of subsea equipment, bolting connections, cathodic protection and instrumented tests. The program will be performed in a strictly controlled environment. ...

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North Sea operator speeds up P&A campaign by running Churchill’s Mud Shear Sub

Churchill Drilling Tools, a leading oilfield service company specializing in drilling innovation, has revealed that one of its specialist tools, the Mud Shear Sub, significantly improved the mud conditioning process for a major North Sea operator during a recent P&A campaign; so much so the operator began subsequent retrieval operations ahead of schedule. Saving an average of one hour for every 1,000 bbl of mud sheared, the operator using the Mud Shear Sub introduced an additional shearing point to the circulating system across three separate wells. This sped up fluid conditioning, displacing sea water to jetting fluid, before conditioning mud through the tool. Historically, the operator had spent significant time displacing the wells to jetting fluids and so were looking for ...

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Deep Casing Tools launches unique technology to market

Following a rigorous research and development program, Aberdeen-headquartered casing and completion technology business, Deep Casing Tools, has launched a completely new, unique tool to the well construction market. The mechanically lockable Drill Pipe Swivel has been developed, tested and brought to market by the firm’s in-house engineering team. Using their extensive industry knowledge and experience, the team have created a unique and innovative tool which addresses the challenges inherent in landing completions and liners at target depth. The patent pending tool has been robustly tested across a range of settings and circumstances. In addition to life and workshop testing, the Drill Pipe Swivel has also been tested in tension, under compression, and under a severe dogleg, and for extended periods of time. Throughout this process, the ...

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AFGlobal completes field evaluation of DuraStim pump

AFGlobal has announced the successful completion of its field evaluation of the DuraStim pump in the Permian Basin. The company’s new patented pressure pumping technology offers end users tremendous advantages over traditional fracking technology and those offered by other electric and turbine based systems. The trial, which began last month, followed five years of stringent design and engineering, and significant in-house testing to prove out suitability for actual pressure pumping operations. Designed by AFGlobal’s Pressure Pumping Technologies group, the DuraStim frac pump at 6000 horsepower, offers the equivalent of three times the effective horsepower of a conventional frac unit, while operating at approximately 10% of the cyclic rate. The DuraStim pump offers many advantages, including more than a 65% reduction in fleet footprint ...

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