Collaboration adds MPD functionality to deepwater rig ///

A trifecta, consisting of an operator, drilling contractor and service company, undertook a proactive approach to integrating unique riser equipment and surface control systems into a newly built, ultra-deepwater drillship. The objective was to facilitate a rapid transition from a traditional rig to one with managed pressure drilling (MPD) capabilities. By so doing, they were able to provide a semi-permanent installation with the means of immediate conversion to closed-loop drilling (CLD) when required, thus eliminating typical MPD rig-up preparation of 12–14 months.

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