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Innovating While Drilling®

Dissolvable tools, plug-less and wave fracturing among innovations delivering more efficient multistage completions

The past 12 months have been marked by market volatility, pressures to cut costs and a drastic reduction in the number of onshore wells drilled. In the unconventional sector, however, innovation for multistage completion technology has not diminished. R&D efforts are pressing on in response to operator demands to drive down costs and boost recovery.

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Firmus, Duro technologies reduce environmental footprint of drilling operations

Data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) shows that for every foot drilled in the US, 1.21 bbl of drilling waste is generated. Of that, 50% is solid drilling waste – or mud and cuttings, made up of solids, liquids and other additives. As regulators continue to raise the level of expectations on drilling companies’ management of drilled solids...

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FMC Technologies develops shape memory alloy solution for subsea industry

FMC Technologies has developed and patented a technology to replace the orbital welding process used to connect small bore hydraulic tubing used in subsea equipment — the Shape Memory Alloy Subsea Fitting. The technology is based on shape memory alloys — a nickel-titanium material that returns to its original shape after subjected to environmental changes such as temperature or pressure.

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