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Canadian project puts high-horesepower frac pump into the field

The SPM QEM 3000 was designed for continuous-duty pressure pumping operations at a sustained 275,000-lb road load, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Texas-based Weir Oil & Gas has partnered with Canada-based Canyon Services Group to take Weir’s SPM QEM 3000 frac pump to the field. It is the industry’s first high-horsepower frac pump designed for continuous-duty pressure pumping operations at a sustained 275,000-lb rod load, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The pump is projected to reduce total cost of ownership by 17%.

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Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap seeks JIP funding

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The Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap initiative is seeking joint industry project (JIP) funding to accelerate delivery of its first major report. The initiative, launched in June 2013, is affiliated with IADC through the Drilling Engineers Committee. It is also affiliated with SPE and AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International). The JIP details the development pathway that will be followed in automating the drilling process through a report that enables leaders to better understand the depth and breadth of drilling systems automation business opportunities.

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The theme is extreme at 11 November DEC Tech Forum

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The IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) will hold “Extreme Drilling,” the group’s Q4 Technology Forum, on 11 November in Houston. The DEC is led by Chairman Keith Lynch, ConocoPhillips. Presentations at the technology forum include: Remotely Operated Cementing Methods for Drilling with Liner Installations, Steve Rosenberg, Weatherford; Drilling Motors for 300C Geothermal Wells, Dave Epplin, Baker Hughes; Drilling & Completion Challenges from an Ongoing Central North Sea HPHT Field Development, Bill Burch, Mercury Well Control; Aluminum Alloy Enhanced Drill String Enables Small Rig to Reach KOP in the Marcellus, Saving Operator $500k, Jeff Lehner, Alcoa Energy Systems; Overview of "Driller's Knowledge Book," Juan Garcia, Worldwide Drilling Manager, ExxonMobil emeritus; and Sakhalin ERD Challenges, Mike Walker, ExxonMobil.

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ART Committee commits to new work programs; survey shows surprising results

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An audience survey at the 2015 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference, held 13-14 October in Amsterdam, showed that some attitudes toward automation are shifting significantly — and others are not. The annual automated-response system survey at this year’s event showed that the perception of industry’s greatest need has flipped 180 degrees. In booming 2014, the audience ranked “skilled manpower” number one, with 57% of the vote. Only 19% of respondents selected “higher levels of drill floor automation” — and this in an audience heavily weighted with automation technologists.

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