OTC 2014: GE introduces 20 ksi deepwater drilling system

With drilling and production from high-pressure reservoirs at or above 20,000 psi (138 MPa) becoming more likely in the near future, GE Oil & Gas has unveiled a BOP program destined to meet the requirements.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – With drilling and production from high-pressure reservoirs at or above 20,000 psi (138 MPa) becoming more likely in the near future, GE Oil & Gas has unveiled a BOP program destined to meet the requirements.

Because the demands of drilling 20,000 psi wells at 12,500 ft (3,810 m) differ greatly from those for 15,000 psi wells, GE is working on components to meet the higher pressures. Key features include:

  • Upgraded ram and annular BOPs
  • SeaONYX BOP Control System designed to maximize uptime
  • SeaLytics BOP Advisor software to give real-time information.

The new BOPs will be manufactured at GE Oil & Gas Drilling Systems facilities in Houston, says GE.

“GE’s new BOP system will enable operators to explore deepwater basins that are currently inaccessible with conventional 15-ksi BOP systems,” said Andrew Way, president and CEO of GE’s Drilling & Surface business—GE Oil & Gas. “Our new BOP system utilizes all of GE’s latest ‘Predictivity’ communications software solutions to allow for real-time remote monitoring of equipment status and performance, thus offering new degrees of reliability and performance.”

5/7/14

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