New Drill Bit Breaks Speed Record in Kuwait

New Drill Bit Breaks Speed Record in Kuwait

November 06, 2017 at 01:11pm

It’s no exaggeration to say that vibration is the enemy of most engineers. In fact, many industrial monitoring systems focus on excess vibration, which can cause all types of problems. It’s the same in oil and gas drilling, where vibration slows the drilling process.

That’s why Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is excited by the success of a new drill bit from Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE). The technology has successfully reduced drilling vibration by more than 33% compared to previous systems and saved 19 hours of drilling time in just one section of a new well.

What’s more, the BHGE TerrAdapt™ adaptive drill bit combined with the BHGE AutoTrak™ eXpress rotary steerable system also increased the rate of penetration (ROP) by 42% over the field average, and safely delivered the section one day earlier than offsets with zero non-productive time.

In fact, KOC achieved the highest rate of penetration ever achieved in Kuwait’s North field, a field known for its high levels of vibration during drilling that can lead to nonproductive time and damage to the drill string.

“The results have been exceptional, with breakthrough performance achieved at all levels. This will help accelerate the operations of the field and bring production online ahead of schedule,” said Waleed Al Saffar, Development Drilling Team IV Leader for KOC.

The TerrAdapt adaptive drill bit with AutoTrak eXpress rotary steerable system is able to adjust to downhole conditions automatically – resulting in smoother, faster drilling and extended tool life. It enables more efficient drilling by reducing the overloading of cutting structures while assuring cost-effective deployment and accurate, consistent drilling performance.

Read more stories here about the work that BHGE is doing to help improve efficiency, productivity, and output for customers across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and India region. For more on GE’s long history in Kuwait, click here.

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