A series of trials using the oil and gas industry’s “first ever” integrated managed pressure drilling (MPD) and automated well control (AWC) technology system has been completed.
As part of the agreement, Safe Influx agreed to combine its AWC technology, built by Arborath-based Finesse Control Systems, with the Houston-headquartered firm’s MPD products and services.
At the time, it was predicted the partnership would generate seven-figure sum annual revenues for the Aberdeen company, as well as several north-east jobs.
A number of tests involving the integrated system have now been completed on Weatherford’s test rig in Houston, demonstrating its functionality.
The combination of the two systems provides “automated secondary well control”, which will allow wells to be drilled and constructed with the highest level of efficiency and integrity, Safe Influx said.
As a standalone application, Weatherford’s MPD system can detect, control and circulate out an influx in the well’s operational envelope.
If the parameters are exceeded, a series of real time signals are then sent to the AWC system, which commences the automated shut-in sequence.
Bryan Atchison, managing director at Safe Influx and former well engineering manager at RGU’s Energy Transition Institute, said: “We are delighted to have successfully completed the rig trial of the integration of MPD and Automated Well Control systems.
“The combination of the Safe Influx patented technology with Weatherford’s comprehensive portfolio of MPD products provides a game changer for the industry.
“We are confident that this is a reliable tool which has the ability to mitigate risks and enhance efficiency and safety in well operations, to prevent the loss of life, minimise environmental impact, deliver substantial cost savings and protect company reputation.”
Fraser Dunphy, managing director at Finesse Control Systems, commented: “It’s been great to work with Safe Influx and Weatherford on this ambitious and innovative combination of technologies.
“We have been involved with this project since its initial phase and we are thrilled to see this integration working on the rig trial. The successful results reveal the value of combining technologies, knowledge and experience to create a cutting-edge solution to the oil and gas industry.”