GE’s “20-ksi” BOP completely re-engineered to meet demands of HPHT reservoirs

Posted on 08 May 2014

GE’s “20-ksi” BOP completely re-engineered to meet demands of HPHT reservoirs

GE Oil & Gas has unveiled its 20,000-psi, “20-ksi,” BOP system for drilling depths up to 12,500 ft at the 2014 OTC in Houston. GE’s global technology teams completely re-engineered the new BOP stack’s components and also developed several new techniques and technologies with its project partners.

Key features of the new 20-ksi BOP system include:

- Upgraded GE ram and annular BOPs, designed for the demands of high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) reservoirs.

- GE’s SeaONYX BOP control system, which is designed to provide maximum system uptime.

- GE’s SeaLytics BOP Advisor software, which is designed to provide real-time performance and maintenance data to reduce unscheduled BOP maintenance requirements.

“GE’s new BOP system will enable operators to explore deepwater basins that are currently inaccessible with conventional 15-ksi BOP systems,” said Andrew Way, President and CEO of GE’s Drilling & Surface, during a news briefing at the 2014 OTC. “Our new BOP system utilizes all of GE’s latest Predictivity communications software solutions to allow for real-time remote monitoring of equipment status and performance, thus offering new degrees of reliability and performance.”

The new 20-ksi BOPs will be manufactured at GE Oil & Gas’ Drilling Systems facilities in Houston.

In addition, Atwood Oceanics and Brazilian drilling contractor Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás (QGOG) have placed the first two orders for GE’s SeaLytics BOP Advisor software system, which was recognized with a 2014 Spotlight on New Technology Award at OTC. GE’s SeaLytics is designed to improve BOP system uptime and reduce unnecessary maintenance, which leads to better cost forecasting.

“We are excited about the possibilities of this technology and what it will do to improve reliability and predictability of our GE equipment,” said Barry Smith, VP Technical Services of Atwood Oceanics. “Atwood looks forward to partnering with GE on advancing operational reliability.”

“With the constant growth we are seeing in the Brazilian offshore sector, QGOG is continually looking at technology that enables us to work smarter and more efficiently,” said Rodrigo Ribeiro, Chief Drilling Operating Officer of QGOG. “We see GE’s new software as an important tool to further improve the overall performance of our BOPs.”

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