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Well-SENSE enhances capability with the launch of Active FLI

Well-SENSE has announced the launch of its latest FiberLine Intervention (FLI) development, ‘Active FLI’ at ADIPEC. Active FLI builds on the capability of Well-SENSE’s fiber-optic downhole data acquisition system with the addition of a range of discrete measurement devices. These include single-point temperature and pressure sensors, with the addition of a casing collar locator for depth correlation. The tools are located in the FLI probe to capture measurements as it descends downhole and complement the distributed sensing, which takes place along the length of the fiber-optic lines deployed in the well by FLI. The combination of single-point and distributed data provides enhanced well intelligence and allows events occurring in the well to be precisely located, verified and quantified via different ...

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Halliburton releases intelligent drill bit to optimize drilling performance

Halliburton has released the Cerebro in-bit sensor package, a new technology that obtains performance data directly from the drill bit and analyzes it to optimize cutter engagement, reduce uncertainty and increase drilling efficiency. This new service improves data measurement and overall drilling performance. The system provides a view into an entire run by continuously capturing downhole vibration and motion data. This information helps operators pinpoint where bit damage occurred and when optimal performance is not achieved due to inconsistent design or operating parameters. The system identifies several common drill bit factors including, lateral and axial vibration, torsional resistance, whirl and stick-slip, which can negatively impact drilling speed and reliability. “Cerebro further advances our communication with the drill bit by capturing data as close to ...

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Halliburton releases fluid-efficient dissolvable frac plug

Halliburton has released the Illusion Spire, the first fluid-efficient dissolvable frac plug. This offering expands on the capabilities of current dissolvable plugs, but with a larger internal diameter and less mass for greater efficiency. In the unconventional market, the time to bring a well on production is critical. Traditional plug designs can result in sub-optimal plug conveyance and excessive fluid volumes. The company designed the Illusion Spire technology with a water-saving element so that operators can pump faster, resulting in reduced completion time. The reduced plug size also drives quicker and more consistent dissolution time. “Our goal was to develop the industry’s most advanced frac plug that delivers increased efficiency to help operators reduce rig time and save costs,” Mark Dawson, Vice President ...

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Simplicity leads subsea technology innovations

Shape-memory polymer technology, electrohydraulic downhole flow control and monitoring, dissolvable tools, and large-bore subsea safety system among innovations making waves in subsea completions By Karen Boman, Associate Editor If marginal offshore fields are to become economic, the next wave of subsea completion solutions must continue to focus on lowering costs and boosting efficiencies. As oil prices recover and operators are successful in their efforts to reduce offshore field development costs, the amount of subsea equipment orders is expected to rise in 2019. In fact, for the foreseeable future, spending on subsea equipment is expected to increase, according to an analysis of industry trends from Rystad Energy. Demand for subsea equipment will come from major field development projects, such as Shell’s Vito ...

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Walking MPD-Ready rigs developed with integrated hardware, software to overcome operational inefficiencies

All managed pressure drilling equipment skids with rig, eliminating nonproductive time when moving between wells for multiwell pad drilling By Juan Pinzon, Nabors Drilling Solutions While many industries are undergoing rapid digital transformations, the oil and gas industry has been slower to adopt technological innovations on the software front. Over the years, the adoption of managed pressure drilling (MPD) has been hindered by the perception and evolution of MPD gradually changing from a single event management solution to a general efficiency approach. Conclusions about justifications for adopting this technology have previously been made based on one-well MPD operations. An MPD-Ready rig is a transformational technology that has been used to drill safer and more economical wells, while achieving operational and ...

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Drilling Systems launches new technology to revolutionize training for jackup rigs

Drilling Systems has launched new technology which will revolutionize the way drilling crews are trained for jackup rigs, helping to raise competency and drilling standards across the world. The cutting-edge technology comprises state-of-the-art software, which mirrors all the operations of a jackup rig, and is used in conjunction with the company’s unique On-the-Rig (OTR) simulator system. OTR is a mobile simulator with the capabilities of a full-size simulator, which can be easily transported into the field and used at the worksite, regardless of how remote the location. It can also be fully customized to any rig or operating system and used with or without an instructor.  This innovation means simulator training and assessments for jackup rig operators can take place on the rig for ...

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Weatherford RSS aims for cost-effectiveness, broad applications

Rotary steerable systems (RSS) have led to a paradigm shift in how wells are drilled today, but more improvements are still needed in order for the technology to help operators drive down their well construction costs. Weatherford’s Magnus push-the-bit RSS was developed with broad applications in mind, from everyday to extreme conditions, and features fully independent pad control. In this video from the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, held 24-26 September in Dallas, Texas, Etienne Roux, Weatherford President, Drilling and Evaluation, speaks with DC Editor/Publisher Mike Killalea about the development of the new RSS, as well as ROP improvements that have been achieved in Mexico. Watch the video to learn more.

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BHGE extends low temperature range for disintegrating frac plug

The SPECTRE disintegrating frac plug was developed in collaboration with operators who sought an anchoring grip that would completely disintegrate, leaving no debris in the wellbore that could compromise long-term operations. Baker Hughes, a GE company, recently introduced the SPECTRE low-temperature (LT) plug, which extends the tool's reliable disintegration envelope to temperatures as low as 100°F.

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Intelligent RSS provides up to 18°/100 ft dogleg capabilities

Operators’ need to efficiently and reliably drill longer laterals faster is pushing equipment manufacturers to develop new rotary steerable systems (RSS) that can steer accurately through high-angle wellbores in one run and achieve target depth on time and on budget. Halliburton recently launched the iCruise RSS, which can provide up to 400 RPM and up to 18°/100 ft dogleg capabilities. At the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, held 24-26 September in Dallas, Texas, DC Editor/Publisher Mike Killalea spoke with Paul Bond, Product Manager for RSS, about what Halliburton is calling an intelligent RSS, which has already been deployed in multiple basins around the world, including North America and the Middle East.

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New push-the-bit RSS features enhanced lateral, proportional steering control

Scientific Drilling International recently commercialized its push-the-bit HALO rotary steerable system (RSS). The tool combines enhanced lateral and proportional steering control with a single integrated collar to help optimize wellbore placement, reduce handling time and risk, and improve overall drilling time. In this video from the 2018 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, held 24-26 September in Dallas, Texas, DC Editor/Publisher Mike Killalea speaks with Neil Bird, Product Line Manager – RSS, about the new system, which can drill with build rates of up to 15°/100 ft. Watch the video to learn more about the technology.

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