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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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Weatherford introduces intelligent MPD system

Weatherford has launched Victus, an intelligent managed pressure drilling (MPD) system that represents “a step-change in the way we do manage pressure drilling in the industry,” said Etienne Roux, President of Drilling and Evaluation for Weatherford. “It’s not just one widget that we added. It’s an all-encompassing system that will drive efficiency to both operators and drilling contractors in equal measure, and help them to be safer, faster and eliminate waste.” The software system is based on a sophisticated hydraulic model that incorporates all the MPD experience and data that Weatherford has gathered over the past 50 years. The accuracy of this model’s pressure predictions provides for not only early kick detection but also – due to the intelligence of ...

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