FuchsRohr AluDrill enhances operational efficiency in extended reach drilling

FuchsRohr AluDrill enhances operational efficiency in extended reach drilling

Combining both strength and flexibility, FuchsRohr AluDrill pipe helps open up extended reach drilling into some of the world’s most challenging multilateral drilling environments. Tests show that the aluminum alloy pipe developed by OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions delivers up to a 30% reduction in torque and drag in comparison with conventional steel pipes. See the innovative AluDrill pipe at the OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions booth during Celle Drilling (September 11-12, 2018) and Rio Oil & Gas (September 24-27, 2018).

With its FuchsRohr AluDrill pipe OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions presents a highly reliable and cost-efficient solution for today’s modern drilling market that increasing relies on multilateral and extended reach applications. The latest record depth of almost 15 km on Sakhalin island and current efforts in Brazil to drill even deeper show that there is a clear trend toward maximizing recovery at existing reservoirs. The question is often the price tag.

Reduced costs and improved drilling efficiency play an important role in extensive efforts to make full use of remote sources. Through in-depth, full-scale testing, the AluDrill aluminum alloy pipe has proven that its material properties are best suited for these kinds of extreme applications. Measurements show a significant reduction in torque and drag forces in sliding mode resulting in a 30% win in ROP as compared to conventional steel pipes.

The specially designed aluminum alloy made with copper, silicon and other elements offers high tensile and torsional strength as well as an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio. The material is lighter than conventional steel pipes and has a higher buoyancy. This means that the contribution of stiffness to normal force is reduced. The result: up to a 30% reduction in torque and drag as well as better weight-on-bit transfer.

OFDS President Peter Kaufmann sees tremendous potential in upgrading existing rigs with this solution: “FuchsRohr AluDrill pipe can extend the drilling depths of current installations and prevent cost-intensive upgrades. The pipe has a significant weight advantage, higher elasticity and a smaller bending radius than steel tubing. AluDrill pipes also manage the challenging friction forces in dog legs. At the same time, it offers excellent drilling characteristics and great safety in operation.”

OFDS will showcase its AluDrill pipe at the upcoming trade fairs: Celle Drilling (September 11-12) and Rio Oil & Gas (Booth C10c, September 24-27).

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