Statoil improves ROP with new hybrid drill bit

Statoil has used the Hughes Christensen Kymera drill bit for the first time in the deepwater Logan field in Gulf of Mexico.

Hughes Christensen hybrid Kymera drill bit.
Hughes Christensen hybrid Kymera drill bit.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON –Statoil has used the Hughes Christensen Kymera drill bit for the first time in the deepwater Logan field in Gulf of Mexico.

A 26-in. Kymera hybrid bit with 19 mm cutters and premium metal face seals was used to drill the 26-in. vertical section through sediments and salt to section total depth, enabling 22-in. casing to be set 450 ft (137 m) deeper than the well’s original objective.

The Kymera technology achieve a rate of penetration of 57 ft (17 m)/hour through 1,995 ft (608 m) of salt, as well as 123 ft (37 m)/hour through 1,131 ft (345 m) of sediments. Overall, the ROP was improved by 26% compared to the nearest offset.

The Kymera bit is a hybrid that combines PCD and roller cones.

8/8/2013

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