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MTU offers hybrid drilling, e-frac systems to help land drillers cut emissions

More and more companies in the land drilling sector are looking to alternative, lower-carbon solutions to power their operations. In this video from the 2021 Offshore Technology Conference, DC speaks with Dave Bosco, Senior Sales and Business Development Manager, Global Oil & Gas at MTU, a Rolls Royce solution, about the company’s efforts in hybrid drilling and electric fracturing (e-frac) technologies.

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AWS: Cloud computing provides platform to integrate robotics with digital twins

Amidst the digital transformation, cloud computing platforms have emerged as an optimal means for companies to maximize their productivity, allowing them to integrate machine learning and artificial intelligence systems in one spot. Edge-to-cloud technologies, such as high-performance computing systems, autonomous systems and robotics, are the mechanisms that can help companies make the most out of the cloud, said Bill Vass, AWS Vice President of Engineering.

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Oil and gas drilling innovations could fill technology gaps to make ‘geothermal anywhere’ a reality

Hybrid drill bits and MPD among conventional drilling technologies that could help increase ROPs in deep geothermal wells, enhance project economics By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor In recent years, geothermal drilling and well construction have increasingly come to be perceived as an attractive pathway for drillers to enter the world of “green” energy while using existing equipment and drilling expertise. However, geothermal resources have yet to take off on a wide scale due to associated limitations, such as the inability to transport it along long distances.  That could change if the “geothermal anywhere” concept takes off. The idea is to enable geothermal heat to be accessed from anywhere in the world – even where fractures and fluid do not naturally ...

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Automation-enabled fuel efficiency leads onshore drilling ESG

Intelligent monitoring software combined with energy storage, alternative fuel options demonstrate high potential for cutting emissions By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor As the land drilling sector comes under increasing pressure from investors and the general public to demonstrate better ESG performance, operators and drilling contractors are stepping up in a multitude of ways. “We’re setting goals to show that we’re serious about reducing our emissions,” said Garrett Jackson, Vice President of ESG and EHS at Devon Energy. “It’s something that’s going to require a lot of effort and a bit of investment to reach some of these reduction levels, but it’s something we’re committed to doing.”  Devon, like many other large operators, has announced a goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse ...

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Physics-based approach improves drilling of FORGE geothermal well by identifying, mitigating limiters

Workflow emphasized continual monitoring of EDR data and constant changes in well design, drilling practices By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor Geothermal drilling is a potentially valuable source of green energy, but scaling it globally will require developers to overcome a number of hurdles. For example, geothermal wells often require drilling through extraordinarily hard rock that can damage expensive equipment. It can also lead to low rates of penetration (ROP) and poor overall drilling performance that can lower a project’s economic value.  While new technologies are often seen as the solution to poor geothermal drilling performance, the application of physics-based drilling practices and workflows is another approach that can help drillers realize significant performance gains, according to Sam Noynaert, Associate Professor of ...

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