Weatherford introduces single-trip open hole cementing side track system

Aug. 6, 2019

Offshore staff

BAAR, SwitzerlandWeatherford International plc has released the AlphaST single-trip open hole cementing side track system.

The company said this is the market’s first system with the capability to initiate side track operations without the need of a cement plug. It is designed to increase operator flexibility, eliminate multiple trips, and avoid costly cementing operations.

Dean Bell, president, Well Construction for Weatherford, said: “For operators, AlphaST means you will never again need to side track from a cement plug. AlphaST enables operators to avoid the cost and time of setting a cement plug, waiting on cement and time drilling. The bottomline is opex savings equal to days of rig time.”

The company said the system saved an operator 29 hours of rig time and more than $100,000 of operational expense on one well.