ABERDEEN company Stable Services is predicting early wins to the tune of £2million for a new well reaming tool that has been successfully tested in BP’s Clair heavy crude field west of Shetland.
Known as the Wedgetail, the reamer is said to offer a number of advantages over existing systems, including that it is particularly suitable for extended-reach drilling.
The purpose of the tool is to accurately maintain the diameter and shape of a wellbore while drilling, also cleaning up any micro ledges that might cause issues while running casing strings in long-reach wells.
Stable reports successful runs in the last two Clair wells in 17
Moreover, Stable and BP are now confident of the tool’s efficiency on any future wells in applications where there is risk of ledges, high BHA (bottom hole assembly), torque and drag.
Stable Services’ operations director, Dave Rodman, said: “Through correct application of the Wedgetail roller reamer we were able to demonstrate to BP that a well designed tool can assist in overcoming problems of vibration, torque and drag, and that pre-planned well-specific engineered solutions have real benefits.
“With an engineered approach, we can now add real value to our customer with this latest product range.”
Stable’s engineering division is currently working on a further five prototype tools designed to enhance drilling performance and deliver rig-serviceable dynamic tools, particularly for wellbore enlargement, vibration mitigation, hole cleaning and drill-string issues.
Stable Services specialises in the rental, manufacture and supply of drilling equipment around the world from bases in Norway, Libya, Canada and Singapore. It is regarded as an emerging leader in the rapidly expanding extended reach market.