Schlumberger introduces at-bit steerable system for drilling single run horizontal wells

Source: press release, 1 October 2019

The NeoSteer ABSSs improve horizontal well drilling performance by providing high-dogleg capability and increased rate of penetration in the curve and the lateral
The NeoSteer ABSSs improve horizontal well drilling performance by providing high-dogleg capability and increased rate of penetration in the curve and the lateral (photo: Schlumberger)

Schlumberger has introduced the NeoSteer* at-bit steerable system (ABSS) at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (SPE ATCE). The NeoSteer ABSSs improve horizontal well drilling performance by providing high-dogleg capability and increased rate of penetration in the curve and the lateral.

Developed as a fit-for-basin solution, NeoSteer ABSSs leverage digital technologies by combining the latest trajectory control algorithms, and machine-learning and data analytics to provide our customers improved planning and execution performance.

“The NeoSteer family is a real game changer for the industry. We have combined cutting structures with steering systems, enabled through digital technology, to drill steeper curves, longer and straighter laterals,” says Tarek Rizk, president, Drilling & Measurements, Schlumberger. “Our customers will benefit from improved performance by increasing rate of penetration, accurate well placement and a high-quality wellbore, which reduces overall well construction costs.”

The NeoSteer ABSSs have drilled a combined total of more than 2.6 million feet (792,480 metres) during 250 runs in the unconventional reservoirs in North America land and Argentina. The fastest well drilled was in the DJ Basin and drilled shoe to shoe, vertical, curve and lateral totalling 15,123 feet (4609.5 m) in 29 on-bottom hours with an average ROP of 523 feet/hour (159.4 m/h).

In the Marcellus Shale, the fit-for-basin NeoSteer CLx* extreme curve and lateral ABSS enabled an operator to drill difficult tangents, high-DLS curves and long lateral sections through hard formations while maintaining low tortuosity. Conventional methods would have required two BHAs to overcome drilling through challenging abrasive sandstone sections. However, the NeoSteer CLx ABSS was able to drill three sections, totalling 13,819 feet (4,212 m), at a higher ROP and in a single run.

In the DJ Basin, SRC Energy used the NeoSteer CL* curve and lateral ABSS to drill a 12-well pad targeting vertical curves and lateral sections in a single run. The customer was able to increase ROP by 20%, saving as much as 21 hours in a single well while targeting various zones in the unconventional Niobrara shale formation.

For more information on the NeoSteer CL curve and lateral at-bit rotary steerable system and NeoSteer CLx extreme curve and lateral at-bit rotary steerable system, visit www.slb.com/neosteer.

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