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Wired drill pipe enables automation, optimization of drilling process

Maersk Drilling and National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently collaborated on a project in the Norwegian North Sea in which wired drill pipe technology was installed and deployed on a jackup to improve the drilling process. The details of this project were discussed in a presentation at the 2017 IADC World Drilling Conference on 28 June in Amsterdam. The presentation was jointly delivered by Sarah Balangalibun, Senior Mechanical Engineer for Maersk Drilling, and Sanna Zainoune, Senior Dynamic Drilling Solutions Engineer with NOV. In this video with DC, Ms Balangalibun and Ms Zainoune talk about the challenges on this Norwegian field that led to the implementation of wired drill pipe technology, specific applications that were deployed the rig, as well as results achieved. Watch the video to learn more...

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No room for failure in RSS performance as cost pressures persist

Today’s rotary steerable systems (RSS) are being developed with one primary goal: delivering high-quality wellbores at low cost. Some service companies are reducing costs by developing more durable tools that can drill for longer in harsh environments, while others are focused on reducing the cost of the tool itself by eliminating non-essential functions...

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North Sea wells prove efficiency, function of multistage ball-actuated, sleeve-based stimulation system

Wells in the North Sea that require multistage fracturing have typically used cemented plug-and-perf completions. Although this method is widely used due to historical precedent, its stimulation effects can sometimes underdeliver. The process is also time consuming, with typical turnaround times per stage varying from three to seven days for North Sea projects...

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Noble awards contract for integrated deepwater MPD system

Noble Corp has awarded AFGlobal a contract for the provision of an integrated deepwater managed pressure drilling (MPD) system. The scope of the award will culminate in the supply and installation of an integrated, next-generation MPD system. The equipment specified is the most advanced of its kind supplied to date by AFGlobal. Noble recognizes MPD as an important next step in bringing continuous improvement to the drilling process. “The addition of MPD systems to our rig fleet will provide a valuable competitive advantage with an expected higher level of safety and performance,” said Scott Marks, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Noble. “AFGlobal’s decades of manufacturing experience, combined with a deep understanding of pressure management drilling technology, has positioned us at the center of ...

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NOV expands completion tool technology product offering

NOV has introduced several new proprietary technologies to its completion tools portfolio: Bulldog Frac – a sliding-sleeve annular fracturing system that provides pinpoint accuracy, zonal isolation and improved reliability; Bullmastiff – a ball-drop open-hole sliding-sleeve sand control fracturing system; Rottweiler – a product family of compact, high-performance frac plugs for the plug-and-perf market; ReAct – an intelligent completion tool technology that offers remote signaling capabilities for valves and sleeves for a variety of applications and completion designs; and German Oil Tools – a line of advanced liner hanger systems and other completion tool technologies, products and accessories. “We are proud to unveil this meaningful expansion to our portfolio of leading-edge completion tool technologies,” Clay Williams, NOV Chairman, President, and CEO, said. ...

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Precision Drilling deploys process automation for faster, more consistent connection times

Process automation is an added layer on top of the control system that adds automation to the rig equipment while maintaining the driller as the process manager. Although process automation has the potential to deliver significant performance gains on drilling rigs, the industry has only just begun to scratch the surface of using such technology, Duane Cuku...

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