DRILLING & PRODUCTION

Weatherford Secure Drilling Services and Maersk Training have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance scenario-based training and competency for critical wells.

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Robin Dupre • Houston

Weatherford, Maersk Training partner to enhance critical well preparation

Weatherford Secure Drilling Services and Maersk Training have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance scenario-based training and competency for critical wells. The training will provide Weatherford, operator and rig-crew personnel with improved preparation and aptitude to help prevent well-control events and nonproductive time when operating in extreme drilling environments.

Weatherford recently introduced the OneSync software platform, which enhances planning, simulation and control during managed pressure drilling (MPD), early kick detection, and other drilling and completions scenarios. The software platform builds on the field-proven Microflux control system.

Maersk Training will fully integrate the MPD simulator application of the OneSync platform into its drilling simulators to enable comprehensive MPD and well-control planning and scenario-based training. The Maersk Training drilling simulators will be available in locations including Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, and Aberdeen. The advanced simulations will enable entire rig crews - including the drilling contractor, operator, service provider and third parties - to receive hands-on rig and well-specific training.

“Many of today’s easy-to-access reserves have been depleted and complex wells have become the norm, particularly in deepwater applications. As a result, advanced drilling technologies like MPD are being deployed more frequently,” said Iain Cook, vice president of Weatherford Secure Drilling Services. “Improved competencies on how to manage well-control scenarios through the application of these technologies, as well as seamless communication across multi-functional teams, are imperative to a safe and productive future.”

As a part of this agreement, Maersk Training will serve as Weatherford’s preferred provider of well-control training for all MPD personnel worldwide.

“We see the partnership with Weatherford as a game changer in the industry,” said Claus Bihl, CEO of Maersk Training. “We are combining strong technical knowledge with high-quality training to increase competence development for crews working with MPD technology. This will improve safety and operational performance on rigs.”

Halliburton achieves first installation of SmartPlex downhole control system

Halliburton’s Completion Tools business line has achieved the first installation of the SmartPlex downhole control system in a six-zone multilateral well. The installation was a joint effort across functional teams within the intelligent completions group, and was the first electro-hydraulic system installed by Halliburton in the Middle East. The installation was completed with zero nonproductive time and no HSE issues. The SmartPlex downhole control system enables remote actuation of downhole control devices using electro-hydraulic control lines from the surface. The multi-drop system provides simple and reliable zonal control of up to 12 interval control valves in a single wellbore, using a minimum number of control lines.

1512offdp P01Atwood Advantage ultra-deepwater drilling rig. The agreement is to extend the contract for the purposes of a four-well P&A program in the Gulf of Mexico. The program has an estimated duration of 120 days during the contract term and is anticipated to occur in 2016. This extension adjusts the operating day rate to about $240,000 only during the four P&A wells, and makes the new contract expiry date August 2017. (Courtesy Atwood Oceanics Inc.) ">
An Atwood Oceanics Inc. subsidiary has agreed to an extension and rate adjustment to its existing contract with Noble Energy Inc. for theAtwood Advantage ultra-deepwater drilling rig. The agreement is to extend the contract for the purposes of a four-well P&A program in the Gulf of Mexico. The program has an estimated duration of 120 days during the contract term and is anticipated to occur in 2016. This extension adjusts the operating day rate to about $240,000 only during the four P&A wells, and makes the new contract expiry date August 2017. (Courtesy Atwood Oceanics Inc.)

Report reveals need for collaboration

A new report reveals that while the current environment is creating opportunities for innovation, almost half of oil and gas executives admit they have fallen short of their innovation goals. The number of respondents saying they have fallen short has almost doubled as the oil price has gone down, with only 26% saying they had fallen short in spring 2014.

These findings form part of the Technology Radar 2015 report recently launched by Lloyd’s Register Energy.

“The oil and gas industry is undergoing a period of significant uncertainty,” said John Wishart, Group Energy Director of Lloyd’s Register. “The oil price slowdown is clearly impacting investment in innovation initiatives. However, our report finds that contrary to perceived wisdom, innovation has a crucial role to play in the current environment, where it creates operational efficiencies and is cost-effective.”

“To innovate properly and achieve business goals companies must address a number of common challenges, including collaborating more openly, using data more effectively and changing traditional mind-sets,” continued Wishart. “Encouragingly, our findings show that overall the industry understands the need for innovation and has begun reaching out to other sectors to gain technological insight.”

Halliburton, Baker Hughes update

Halliburton and Baker Hughes announced the second round of divestitures in connection with the pending transaction. In addition to the previously announced divestitures of Sperry and Drill Bits, Halliburton will also divest its expendable liner hanger business (part of its Completion & Production Division), Baker Hughes’ core completion business (which includes packers, flow control tools, subsurface safety systems, intelligent well systems, permanent monitoring, sand control tools and sand control screens), Baker Hughes’ GoM sand control business (including two stimulation vessels), and Baker Hughes’ offshore cementing businesses in Australia, Brazil, the GoM, Norway, and the UK. The combined 2013 revenue associated with all of the announced divestitures was $5.2 billion, up from $3.5 billion for Sperry and Drill Bits, which implies the assets announced had revenues of $1.7 billion. Halliburton also announced that it received bids from multiple interested parties for each business (implying multiple buyers each of Sperry, Drill Bits and the combined businesses). This marks another positive step in the process and should alleviate some concerns that arose over the past few weeks around a single-buyer theory and the rumored buyers. Evercore expects the Baker Hughes/Halliburton spread to narrow and believes the second round of divestitures will be easier to accomplish as these are more “asset sales” than sales of large, global businesses.

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