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Slightly lower super-spec rig dayrates and rig count stability for 2019

With the late 2018 oil price drop, contractors and service companies have felt the impact as oil companies slowed their activity for 2019, particularly on the completions side. The outlook for 2019 includes slightly lower super-spec rig dayrates and some independent companies dropping a few rigs by year-end. Byron Pope, Managing Director with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co, spoke on a panel at the 2019 IADC Drilling Onshore Conference & Exhibition in Houston on 16 May. In this video, Mr Pope discusses the trend toward longer lateral lengths and other factors that may impact rig count stability in the coming year.

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New drilling dynamics tool eliminates need for downhole statistical down sampling

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has introduced the BlackBox High Frequency drilling dynamics tool, which samples dynamics data at 1500 Hz and load data at 100 Hz and records all high-speed data to its 8 GB memory. Because there is no need for downhole statistical down sampling, all data can be analyzed at surface for the entire run. DC spoke with Steve Berkman, NOV Vice President of North America Dynamic Drilling Solutions, at the 2019 OTC about how the new tool functions and why it’s particularly useful in batch drilling operations. Watch the video for more information.

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Electromagnetic signals bolster new look-ahead-while-drilling service

A new look-ahead-while-drilling service called IriSphere is combining directional measurements with advanced automated inversion to detect formation features ahead of the bit, by using multifrequency transmitter and multireceiver directional subs. According to Irlan Amir, Vice President of Marketing and Technology, Drilling and Measurements for Schlumberger, the technology uses electromagnetic signals that are sent from the transmitter into the formation and retrieved by receivers to enable the look-ahead sensitivity and resistivity profiles. In this video with DC from the 2019 OTC, Mr Amir also talks about high-potential applications and benefits for the technology, as well as results achieved in a recent deployment offshore Australia. Watch the video to find out more.

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BHGE introduces low-pressure-impact drilling fluid

In challenging wells with narrow operating windows, using a fluid with low equivalent circulating density (ECD) typically only mitigates some of the risks but doesn’t reliably meet all drilling objectives. Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has launched Delta-TEQ, a drilling fluid that the company says was designed to have low pressure impact, which helps to extend narrow windows. In this video with DC on 6 May at the 2019 OTC, Brian Teutsch, Product Management Leader for BHGE, talks about the fluid’s advanced non-aqueous formulation and explains how it was used for better hole cleaning in a deviated borehole in the Gulf of Mexico. Watch the video to find out more.

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Active Control Device drills deepwater MPD section in Black Sea

AFGlobal recently completed the first MPD section in a Black Sea well for Shell on Noble Drilling’s Noble Globetrotter II drillship. Key to this project is the Active Control Device (ACD), which uses a non-rotating device with an actively pressurized, co-molded element to seal the wellbore annulus and divert returns. This eliminates complex bearing assemblies and high-wear rotary seal components found in traditional rotating control devices (RCDs). In this video at the 2019 OTC in Houston on 6 May, Austin Johnson, Lead Development Engineer with AFGlobal, explains how the system works and its potential benefits. Watch the video for more information.

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Ocyan pushes forward with MPD/FMCD operations offshore Brazil

In October 2013, Ocyan reached an agreement with an operator to deliver MPD packages on four of its seven rigs. In this video with Leandro Rocha, Rig Performance Coordinator for Ocyan, from the 2019 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 March, he talks about the drivers for this agreement, lessons learned and areas of improvement for future floating mud cap drilling (FMCD) operations. Watch the video for more information.

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Big Data, machine learning help to optimize connection makeup process

There are five V’s when it comes to Big Data: volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value. In this video with Robert Thibodeaux, VP of Technology Development for Frank’s International, at the 2019 IADC International Deepwater Drilling Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 March, he explains what each V means in relation to Big Data, as well as a real-world application of the five V’s in the connection makeup process...

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Embedding MPD in well delivery plan can help to reduce overall well costs

The industry continues to see a shift in the planning and adoption of managed pressure drilling (MPD) practices. While not every well may need MPD, actively planning for it before drilling begins can provide cost reduction and other well construction benefits, even if MPD is not used at the well site, said Leiro Medina, VP of Technology with Beyond Energy, at the IADC Drilling Engineers Committee (DEC) Technology Forum on 12 March in Houston. In this video, Mr Medina discusses how MPD is being deployed to increase efficiency in Canada, the challenges to more widespread adoption of MPD, and the steps that companies can take to help MPD reach higher market maturity.

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