Drilling ///

Sizing up rig automation

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

The rig is a little taller than the driller, and the bit fits in the palm of his hand. Designed, built and operated by a team of university students, the miniature drilling system is making hole for SPE’s international Drillbotics competition. Their objective is to autonomously drill a directional well to plan, as quickly as possible, while maintaining borehole quality, and integrity of the rig and drillstring.

Coretrax acquires Churchill Drilling Tools, sets sights on further growth

Specialist well construction and intervention company Coretrax has acquired Churchill Drilling Tools as part of an ongoing growth and expansion strategy.

Manufacturers introduce new bit technologies to improve drilling economics

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Declining U.S. drilling activity and significant reductions in OFS stock prices over the past year are starting to take a toll on R&D efforts. Despite the slowdown, some manufacturers have launched new technologies designed to increase ROP and lengthen bit life in different types of formations.

Custom low-ECD reservoir drilling fluid solves complex field challenges

Claire Webber, Halliburton; Marc Langford, Spirit Energy

A bespoke non-aqueous drilling fluid system developed through a reservoir-centric collaborative process eliminated pack-off problems and sidetracking for a lower-cost, high-productivity well.

RSS with resistivity capabilities delivers superior real-time LWD measurements

Kirby Wedewer, NOV

With persistent calls for an increase in capital returns, hitting the sweet spot is now one of drilling’s most critical tasks.

Innovation is key to drilling longer laterals

John Evans, Catherine Sampson, Gyrodata

Innovative drilling solutions must use specific combinations of high-performance drilling motors, RSS and MWD to accurately and efficiently drill significantly longer laterals.

Cuadrilla halts UK frac operation following “micro seismicity”

Cuadrilla confirmed that micro seismicity had been detected at its shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

Wellbore Integrity Solutions & Rhône Capital to acquire fishing and tubulars businesses and assets from Schlumberger

Wellbore Integrity Solutions (WIS), an affiliate of private equity firm Rhône Capital, and Schlumberger has jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement for WIS to acquire the businesses and associated assets of DRILCO, Thomas Tools, and Fishing & Remedial services, along with part of a manufacturing facility located on Rankin Road in Houston, Texas.

Wild Well Control offers online introduction to drilling operations course

Wild Well Control, a Superior Energy Services company and the global leader in well control, engineering and training services, has launched a new online well control e-learning course, Introduction to Drilling Operations.

GRC announces sale of the 1000th Spy Pro ESP gauge

Sercel-GRC (GRC), an oil and gas service company that designs, manufactures and markets downhole data acquisition instruments and surface equipment, has announced the sale of the 1000th Spy Pro gauge for downhole ESP systems.

Rolls-Royce recognizes significant MTU order from CUDD Energy Services at OTC 2019

Rolls-Royce Power Systems and its partner Stewart & Stevenson Manufacturing Technologies used the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) as an opportunity to recognize their long-time customer, CUDD Energy Services, for its investment in Tier 4 technology. CUDD was the first to invest significantly in MTU’s latest oilfield innovation with its purchase of Stewart & Stevenson FT-3001Q Trailer Mounted Fracturing Units with MTU 16V 4000 T95 frac engines, certified to EPA Tier 4 standards without the need for exhaust gas aftertreatment.

QMax receives a "best and brightest companies to work for in the nation" award

QMax receives a "best and brightest companies to work for in the nation" award

Rockwell Automation's insulated bus option for AB motor control centers help enhance safety

Industrial workers can feel safer and experience ease of maintenance with the newly released insulated bus option for Allen-Bradley CENTERLINE 2100 motor control centers from Rockwell Automation.

Schlumberger, Halliburton see signs of recovery amid earnings pain

It’s been a tough few years, but the OFS giants may finally be on an upward curve, thanks to a recovery in international drilling activity and signs of something similar happening in the U.S.

SMR Premium studies open-die forging market, Open-Die Forging Book directory

The global open-die forging industry is looking back to some of the more difficult years in history.

BP, Schneider Electric sign five-year global frame agreement

BP, a global energy producer, has selected Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, as one of its main electrical contractors (MEC) in a five-year global framework agreement.

Core Laboratories wins 2019 NOIA safety practice award

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has presented the 2019 Safety-in-Seas (SIS) Safety Practice Award to Core Laboratories in recognition of its Iron CoreHand Lifting Assist System. The system allows well site crews to be entirely hands off during core tube handling operations.

IPAA supports President Trump's energy infrastructure executive order

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) welcomes President Donald Trump’s executive orders issued today supporting the development of energy infrastructure including pipelines.

Newpark to showcase stimulation, completion fluids at OTC

Newpark Fluids Systems will introduce its expanded portfolio of stimulation and completion fluids at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) (May 6-9, 2019; NRG Park, Houston, Texas).

Well-Safe Solutions acquires semisubmersible to customize as P&A unit

Well-Safe Solutions has agreed to acquire the Ocean Guardian semisubmersible drilling unit, sparking another jobs boost for the company.