Total, Sperry Drilling join to develop high-temperature tools

Total and Halliburton's Sperry Drilling Service has agreed on a project to develop high temperature LWD/MWD tools using Victoria field offshore Norway as a test bed.

Gene Kliewer,
Technical Editor, Subsea & Seismic

STAVANGER, Norway --Total and Halliburton's Sperry Drilling Service has agreed on a project to develop high temperature LWD/MWD tools using Victoria field offshore Norway as a test bed.

The Prometheus Project, also in cooperation with ENI and StatoilHydro, aims to extend the functions beyond 30,000 psi (207 MPa)/175ºC (340 ° C), which now are possible with Geo Pilot hardware. Sperry says it intends to push the limits to 35,000psi/230° C from now through 2011.

Among the technologies expected to be researched are downhole refrigeration, cold-plate technology, flasking, and phase change materials.

Sperry's Houston Technology Center will be the responsible entity. However, says Sperry, the project will feature collaboration across several companies and several countries.

8/27/20089

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