SLB, Equinor achieve “significant” autonomous drilling milestone offshore Brazil

January 30, 2024

(WO) —SLB announced a significant step toward fully autonomous drilling operations at Equinor's Brazilian Peregrino C platform. SLB digital technologies for surface automation, autonomous on-bottom drilling, and directional drilling were combined to enable 99% of a 2.6 km section to be drilled in autonomous control mode. Over a five-well program, a 60% increase in rate of penetration was achieved, resulting in faster well delivery while reducing cost and carbon emissions.

Peregrino C platform (Rodrigo Abreu de Oliveira Santos/ Roberto Antunes Kattan/ ©Equinor)

Multidisciplinary experts collaborated to design and implement interconnected autonomous workflows, enabling the system to seamlessly drill the section.

On the rig floor, manual pipe handling and equipment sequencing tasks were automated with DrillPilot software. On-bottom drilling performance was maximized using AI-driven technology in the DrillOps automation solution.

Neuro autonomous solutions determined the optimum trajectory and delivered the well plan, adjusting steering sequences and drilling parameters to reach the target as designed by the DrillPlan coherent well construction planning solution.

The DrillOps and DrillPlan solutions are cloud-based applications on the Delfi digital platform. The platform combines apps, AI, physics-based science and free-flowing data to accelerate and improve exploration, development, drilling, production, and new energy operations.

“This is an exciting milestone in the journey toward fully autonomous drilling operations,” said Jesus Lamas, President of Well Construction, SLB.  “By leveraging AI and integrating advanced digital workflows, customers are realizing improved safety and performance through digital transformation, making drilling more consistent and efficient, and improving the carbon footprint of their operations.”

Lead image: Peregrino C platform (Rodrigo Abreu de Oliveira Santos/ Roberto Antunes Kattan/ ©Equinor)

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