High-torque, high-flow drilling motor completes longer laterals faster, with greater control
Halliburton Company has launched the NitroForce high-torque, high-flow drilling motor. The motor offers increased power and performance to complete longer laterals faster and with greater control. It delivers high reliability, which helps operators to reduce potential motor failure and increase drilling speed, to save well time and cost. According to the company, the motor delivers longer runs with less wear by using new proprietary Charge elastomers and a stronger transmission, power section and bearings, which work together to withstand high loads and torque. This design reportedly allows for a high flowrate for improved hole cleaning and increased ROP, accelerating well delivery. By extending lateral lengths, operators can increase reservoir contact, minimize trips and reliably complete the curve and lateral in a single run. In the U.S. Midcontinent region, said Halliburton, the NitroForce motor completed a 10,000-ft record run by drilling a 40% longer lateral, with 30% greater ROP compared to that of conventional motors.
Downhole intelligent wet-mate system achieves real-time, intervention-less monitoring
Baker Hughes has developed the SureCONNECT downhole intelligent wet-mate system, which achieves real-time, intervention-less monitoring and control across the entire wellbore of multi-trip completions. This enables data-driven decisions to optimize reservoir performance and proactively mitigate risks for the life of the well. The system is modular, enabling connection and re-connection of the upper completion components to the lower completion with hydraulic, electric and/or fiber-optic lines. It utilizes a downhole wet-mate connector that houses up to five channels and comes together to connect. Using this modular approach, operators reportedly can choose the lines they want to include, without customizing and designing a new system.
Automated methane leak detection camera provides continuous monitoring
IntelliView Technologies has launched its first automated methane leak detection camera. The Dual Camera Analytic Module-Methane (DCAM-M) is designed for continuous monitoring and autonomous real-time detection and alerting of methane leaks. It consists of a thermal imager, a visual sensor and built-in image processing software. The fixed-format optical gas imaging (OGI) camera reportedly is the first to integrate the GF77a Gas Find IR, FLIR System’s first uncooled infrared sensor, spectrally filtered to visualize methane, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide in any lighting condition. It continually looks for leaking methane gas and generates immediate notifications, accompanied by image and video of the gas plume or jet. The edge-based unit also adds a layer of insurance to Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programs and is suitable for keeping an eye on components that are difficult to monitor or are highly unsafe to approach from the ground.
New wellhead saver solution markedly saves idle rig time costs
Neodrill has released the Wellhead Saver System (WSS), designed to directly address drift-off. The new solution is expected to deliver savings of approximately six to 12 rig days on a typical well, according to the company. The WSS reportedly adapts the established CAN well foundation to redirect the bending forces away from the wellhead and directly into the well foundation. By protecting the wellhead, conductor and casing from over-bending and over-stressing, it is possible to increase the drift-off distance before disconnect occurs, allowing the rig to stay on location and remain connected to the well in more severe weather conditions. This markedly saves idle rig time costs. Compared to the traditional approach of tethering the BOP and wellhead system down, the WSS is connected to both the wellhead and the CAN, allowing it to act as a wellhead saver sub. This enables drilling operations to take place without loading the original wellhead. Additionally, it facilitates installation of the production tree on a virgin wellhead and avoids long steel and fibre wires that may require re-tensioning during operations.
New wireline release tool improves performance with minimal maintenance
GeoDynamics, Inc., has introduced a new non-explosive, motor-free wireline release. According to the company, the Release wireline release tool improves release performance, along with higher reliability, minimal maintenance, longer life and lower system cost. It requires redress only after 100 runs, saving time and money over the tool’s life. It also offers a tensile strength of 50,000 lb., with an overall length of 26 in. The tool is designed to complement the company’s EPIC Command Shooting Panel.
Surveying system helps operators achieve wellbore placement goals
Gyrodata has introduced the Omega drop gyro surveying system. Powered by the company’s new gyroscopic technology, SPEAR, Omega incorporates two independent three-axis sensor probes. Its sensor package measures the earth’s rotational rate, precisely determining inclination and true north. Because it is smaller and more rugged than earlier gyroscopic systems, it can be used in applications with temperatures up to 302°F while allowing greater flexibility in BHA design and configuration. It also eliminates the need for post-run calibrations, as it is not affected by mass unbalance errors, and can collect surveys during pipe connections, which reduces the typical rig time necessary to run a wireline gyro survey. Gyrodata reported that a North Sea operator, drilling an extended lateral section from a platform, ran a gyro survey after reaching a TD of 21,470 ft. According to the company, Omega reduced the ellipse of uncertainty by 56%, compared to the wireline continuous survey. Likewise, compared to the MWD data, the system provided a 46% reduction in lateral uncertainty. By running the gyro surveying system, the operator reportedly saved the survey time that would have been necessary for an equivalent wireline run.
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