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Halliburton releases intelligent rotary steerable system

Halliburton released the iCruise Intelligent Rotary Steerable System, a technology that delivers faster drilling, accurate steering and longer laterals. Today operators need to efficiently and reliably drill longer laterals faster which requires a drilling system that can steer accurately through high-angle wellbores in one run and achieve target depth on time and on budget. The iCruise system provides the highest mechanical specifications available with 400 RPM and up to 18 degrees/100 ft dogleg capabilities to drill fast and with greater accuracy. The product’s modular design can be configured to drill a long lateral or to increase accuracy in formations where well trajectory changes rapidly. Steerability and cutting efficiency can be further improved by matching the new Halliburton GeoTech drill bit with the iCruise system. ...

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Data analytics, newbuild ERD rig among ConocoPhillips’ drive to improve drilling performance

By Alex Wukman, Senior Editor When ConocoPhillips takes delivery of a newbuild extended-reach drilling (ERD) rig in 2020, the rig will be the largest mobile land rig in North America, according to David Forbes, GM of Global Wells. The new rig will be introduced into the company’s Alaska operations and will be able to drill more than 7 miles away from the pad, Mr Forbes said during his keynote address at the 2018 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference, which was held 11-12 September in Austin, Texas. “We’re going to be doubling the capabilities of what we can do now in terms of extended reach,” he said. “The automation we can put on a rig like this is going to be ...

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Oil and Gas Innovation Centre takes on new digitalization-related research projects

The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is supporting three new research projects centered on how digitalization can improve efficiency and provide cost savings to the oil and gas industry. Three companies have teamed up with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Computing Science and Digital Media to carry out research into the digital transformation of the oilfield.   “Digitalization is key to a sustainable oil and gas industry,” Ian Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of OGIC, said. “Successful automation and integration of a huge range of tasks across many aspects of the exploration and production cycle, are now possible through the ability to rapidly process vast quantities of data in very short periods of time”  “OGIC is supporting three projects researching new approaches ...

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ProSep delivers on Johan Castberg

ProSep has supplied three ProSalt units to Equinor for the Johan Castberg field development project, located on the Norwegian continental shelf in the Barents Sea. The technology that incorporates ProSep’s proprietary MAX+ design will provide efficient mixing capabilities and critical benefits: precious water savings and achieving required salt concentration.  ProSep’s mixers have been designed and fabricated to desalt the oil by mixing it with injected wash water in two different stages; firstly, downstream of inlet/test separators, and secondly downstream of a stabilization separator.  “It has been a great pleasure working with Equinor, Aker Solutions and our suppliers/sub-suppliers on the Johan Castberg project,” Rafael Ramirez, Senior Project Manager for ProSep, said. “ProSep’s team and its stakeholders effectively achieved the completion of this project, fulfilling the rigor of Norsok ...

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Halliburton sets record for deepwater liner hanger installations on Hess Stampede Project

Halliburton today announced its XtremeGrip liner hangers have been installed to a depth of 30,924 ft in the Gulf of Mexico Hess-operated Stampede deepwater development, setting a record depth for the system. To facilitate the completions, the company installed 37 XtremeGrip expandable liner hangers across seven wells to date, with no liner-top leaks or remedial work required. The challenge for the company on the Stampede project was to isolate multiple hydrocarbon-bearing sands across the drilling and production liners with cement. The XtremeGrip system’s unrestricted flow path prior to setting, and its ability to rotate while cementing, provided effective isolation without costly cement remediation. Each Stampede well includes up to five XtremeGrip liner installations, making the consecutive liner runs a major part of the well construction process. ...

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Self-destroying drill bits could reduce NPT and keep the drill string downhole

Drill bits are one of the most important parts of any rig’s operations, and no matter how well a bit works, it will eventually wear out. The cutters will become dull and less effective, and finally the bit will have to be replaced. Replacing a drill bit a costly, time-consuming operation on any rig today. John Bloomfield, President and Founder of Bloomfield R&D, has envisioned a method that uses disposable, self-destroying cutters to keep the drill string downhole and reduce NPT. Mr Bloomfield presented his idea on 16 August at the IADC ART Spark Tank,  a forum for technology developers to present their innovations to a panel of operators and drilling contractors. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman ...

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DNV GL raises the standard for Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP)

DNV GL has launched a new standard that allows operators to choose thermoplastic composite pipes (TCP) instead of steel or traditional flexibles, enabling substantial cost reductions throughout the project lifecycle. After the successful and wide adaptation of the recommended practice (RP) DNVGL-RP-F119 by the industry for qualification of TCP for various applications from dynamic to static applications since its publication in 2015, the RP has now been converted to an official DNV GL standard DNVGL-ST-F119. This reflects the growing confidence in the TCP technology and the methodology of RP to deliver safe and reliable performance to the industry. Almost a decade after the manufacturing of the first Thermoplastic Composite Pipes, this non-metallic pipe concept is increasingly gaining the attention of ...

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Trendsetter Engineering TC7 Connection System makes a splash

Talos Energy successfully deployed and installed a flexible well jumper using Trendsetter Engineering’s TC7 clamp connectors and TEX gaskets to connect the Mt. Providence subsea well to the Pompano template system. The TC7 clamp connectors were supplied as part of a larger scope of work where Trendsetter Engineering developed new hardware, including a template adapter module and subsea tree connector porch, to assist Talos Energy facilitate long term growth from their existing assets. The Trendsetter Connection System (TCS) is a family of subsea connector solutions developed to meet industry needs for reliable, innovative connector products. The heart of the TCS is Trendsetter’s proprietary TEX metal‐to‐metal (MTM) gasket system. Trendsetter first introduced its subsea connector and TEX gasket technology to the ...

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High-durability PDC bit designed for demanding applications

Ulterra Drilling Technologies has introduced its XP line of extreme-performance PDC bits. These bits are designed to provide improved results in the toughest drilling applications, including hard rock, transition zones and highly interbedded lithologies. The XP bit series is based on a bit body engineered to ensure structural integrity under extreme drilling conditions. This level of design allows the bit to withstand more demanding drilling parameters, including greater weight-on-bit (WOB), without sacrificing rate of penetration (ROP). Along with high structural integrity, the bits’ cutter positioning and force balancing are both optimized for reduced tangential overload, to deliver maximum stability under the load of high energy inputs.  XP drill bits are optimized for each application, and paired with the latest application-specific premium ...

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Land drillers usher in era of super-spec rigs

Operator demands for repeatability, predictability lead contractors to push ahead on horsepower pressure ratings, hookload and pipe-racing capacity while adding smart, data-analytic functions to control systems By Kelli Ainsworth Robinson, Associate Editor, and Katie Mazerov, Contributing Editor With the industry’s steady, albeit gradual, emergence from the dark days of the downturn, onshore drilling contractors are seeing rig counts rise and dayrates climb. Increasingly, drilling companies are deploying fleets of upgraded rigs to meet operators’ demands to achieve more reservoir contact with longer laterals from bigger pads. Today’s unconventional challenges are a far cry from those of less than a decade ago, when a single shale well might have a 1,000-ft lateral and a few stages. Back then, the talk was all about ...

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