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Milling service designed to reach total depth in extended laterals with one run

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With traditional milling services, operators often have to make multiple runs to mill out every plug in an extended lateral. Sometimes, the bottomhole assembly cannot reach the lower sections of the well with enough weight-on-bit to remove the deepest plugs. To help operators reach total depth in a single trip in extended lateral wells, Baker Hughes, a GE company, has launched the coiled-tubing-conveyed Versa Drive extended lateral milling service. In this video from 27 March at the 2018 SPE/ICoTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference in the Woodlands, Texas, Erik van Steveninck, Global Product Line Manager, Thru-Tubing Intervention, explains how the Versa Drive is able to reach and remove every plug in a single run. He also discusses a recent field trial in the Permian, during which the service was used to mill out 68 plugs in a single run, without chemicals...

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Real-time operations centers drive standardization, best practices

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The combination of real-time operations centers and new technologies like automation, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are helping drilling contractors to standardize their operations and measure themselves against best practices. Nabors Drilling and its subsidiary, Canrig Drilling Technology, have been leveraging the internet of things and real-time operations centers to push drilling performance to the next level. In this video from 7 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Seth Robert, Director of Southern Operations for Canrig, explains how real-time operations centers have evolved over the years, particularly with the adoption of automation, advanced analytics and AI. He also discusses how this evolution is impacting the skill set needed from field service technicians...

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Rotary steerable designed for North American pad drilling features digital control, drilling dynamic sensors

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At the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 6 March, Scout Downhole unveiled its new Rotary Steerable Scout technology. The RSS features the mechanical framework of the company’s Vertical Scout rotary steerable, with added digital controls by Sanvean Technologies. In this video from the conference, Steve Jones, President of Sanvean Technologies, explains how the digital controls and drilling dynamic sensors were added to the tool and how these additions impact its performance. He also discusses a testing program that took place in West Texas to prove the reliability of the new RSS...

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Hybrid drill bit with recessed cutters, increased blade counts designed to dig beyond the curve

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Since launching the original Kymera hybrid drill bit in 2011, Baker Hughes, a GE company, has been expanding the bit’s capabilities. The latest iteration, the Kymera Mach 4, was launched in early 2018 and has been designed to drill every section of the well at a high rate of penetration (ROP) with low wear and tear. BHGE increased the blade count on the bit, improving lateral stability and reducing damage and wear on the bit, Shelly Cory, Kymera Product Line Manager, explains in this video from 6 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. She also discusses how new recessed cutters help improve cuttings evacuation and contribute to extended bit life. Further, she outlines how the bit has enabled increased ROPs and saved bit runs in Oman and the Permian...

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Economics, additional value must be considered before deploying 3D printing

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As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, technologies evolve, the oil and gas drilling industry is increasingly exploring potential applications and benefits, such as less time to market and faster deployment of design changes. The technology can also be valuable when it comes to time-critical part replacements, said Dietmar Reicht, Head of Future Markets for the Special Steel Division at steel-based technology and capital goods group voetsalpine. Mr Reicht was among five panelists at the plenary session at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on 7 March. However, despite the many possible benefits, companies should only pursue 3D printing when it provides added value, he cautioned. Watch DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh’s interview with Mr Reicht to learn more...

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Real-time optimization partnership yields faster connection times, higher ROPs

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Data collected during the drilling process can, if properly analyzed, shed light on trends and opportunities to optimize operations. National Oilwell Varco (NOV) developed INFORM, an offering under its eVolve Optimization Service, to leverage this data and provide optimization support and advice to operators. Recently, NOV partnered with a US operator to provide real-time remote optimization services. In this video from 6 March at the 2018 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Ricardo Borjas, Director-Drilling Optimization Services for NOV, explains some of the challenges operators face when setting up real-time optimization centers – including a high initial investment – and how NOV was able to tackle these challenges. He also discusses some of the results the partnership was able to achieve, including improved connection times and higher rates of penetration...

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IADC Nigeria Chapter advances multiple initiatives on equipment, competency

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Rebound of activities in the drilling sector in Nigeria only just beginning, and drilling contractors must face increasing challenges around equipment maintenance, workforce competency and regulatory control. Ote Enaibe, Chairman of the IADC Nigeria Chapter, said the group has several ongoing initiatives to help its members address these challenges. These include partnering with educational institutions on drilling and completion curriculums and with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board on skills acquisitions programs. In this video, Mr Enaibe also discusses the chapter’s collaboration with OEMs, as well as its continuing work to help members achieve nonproductive time by 20% by 2020. Watch the video to find out more...

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Nationalization, efficiency go hand in hand for West Jupiter in Nigeria

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Seadrill’s West Jupiter had a crew that was 49% Nigerian nationals when the drillship started its contract with Total more than three years ago. Since then, the rig has continued to advance its nationalization efforts and now boasts a crew that is 71% Nigerian nationals and 29% expats. At the same time, the rig’s high level of performance has saved nearly 400 days against AFE, said Benjamin Schumacher, Operations Director for Seadrill. Watch DC’s video with Mr Schumacher from the 2018 IADC Drilling Africa Conference on 21 February in Lisbon to find out more about how the drilling contractor balanced its commitment to local content and a performance focus...

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Tullow’s rig-based charity initiative delivers new school complex in Ghana village

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The Ghana Drillers Charity began under a quarterly EHS plan devised by Tullow Oil to improve safety on its contracted rigs in Ghana. It allowed individual employees to donate cash bonuses earned under the EHS plan to benefit a primary school in a small fishing village in far west Ghana called Ahobre. After initial donations covering basic needs such as exercise books, pens and pencils for the students, the charity stepped up its work and decided to build a new school complex. After breaking ground on 27 January in 2016, the complex – which included six classrooms in two blocks, three outdoor teaching areas, two playgrounds, two bathroom facilities and one kitchen – was handed over to the school on 25 January 2017. Watch DC’s video with Chris Roos, Well Engineering Manager for Tullow, to find out more about this project...

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