CATEGORIZED | News

Sneak Preview: Bandera pushes land rig design to next level

Posted on 14 July 2009

 A full article about Bandera Drilling’s new rig design will be published in the Sept/Oct issue of Drilling Contractor.

Drilling Contractor recently made a visit to Breckenridge, Texas, to tour Bandera Drilling’s Rig 9, a new-generation design unit that incorporates innovative automation technologies to keep crew members out of harm’s way.


Bandera’s Rig 9 includes an electric top drive, triplex pumps,
iron derrickman and iron floorhand, hydraulic disk brakes and air brake.

The primary goal when Bandera began designing its new rigs in 2006 was that no one would be in the derrick or on the rig floor during trips or connections. With Rig 9, said Bandera president Ray Brazzel, they’ve finally been able to achieve that goal.

The rig can rack 90-ft stands of pipe and collars and is equipped with an Iron Derrickman and iron floorhand. The Iron Derrickman is a racking board mounted pipe handling system that removes drilling hands from the racking board and drill floor, while the iron floorhand replaces the pipe spinner, Kelly spinner and manual tongs.


The Iron Derrickman used on Rig 9 can also be found on Bandera’s doubles rigs.

The rig also features 1,200-hp drawworks, an 1,150-hp AC motor and a 275-ton, 600-hp AC top drive. It can be moved and rigged-up in just one day, making it highly mobile. It also has a small footprint, able to fit in the same location as Bandera’s 6,000-ft capable doubles rigs – yet Rig 9 can drill up to 15,000 ft.

Click below to see DC publisher Mike Killalea’s on-site interview with Bandera president Ray Brazzel.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Naima Says:

    Hello; can we use this rig (Bandera Drilling’s Rig 9) in the shale gas drilling?

    Best regards

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 24 October 2014

    GDF SUEZ, BP discover new Central North Sea Field

    “This is an encouraging exploration discovery in a part of the Central North Sea that needs additional volumes of hydrocarbons to open up development options…

  • 24 October 2014

    Chevron, BP discover oil in deepwater US Gulf of Mexico

    The discovery well, on Keathley Canyon Block 10, was drilled by operator Chevron on behalf of the Guadalupe co-owners. The well encountered significant oil pay…

  • 22 October 2014

    Shell discovers gas in pre-salt reservoir offshore Gabon

    Shell announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa. The well Leopard-1 encountered a substantial gas column with around 200 m net gas pay…

  • 22 October 2014

    Statoil proves new oil resources near Grane field in North Sea

    Well 25/8-18 S, drilled by the rig Transocean Leader, proved an oil column of 25 m in the Heimdal Formation. The estimated volume of the discovery…

  • 21 October 2014

    IADC Cybersecurity Task Group to provide industry guidance to assess risks

    The oil and gas industry is not immune to cybersecurity threats, from computer viruses and malware to targeted attacks. The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee…

  • Read more news