Reelwell announces commercial sale of two DualLink™ strings to Nabors Industries

Source: press release, 10 March 2021

When used on land, DualLink gives drillers the ability to further automate and increase the consistency of performance in the well construction process
When used on land, DualLink gives drillers the ability to further automate and increase the consistency of performance in the well construction process (photo: Reelwell)

Reelwell AS has accepted purchase orders from Nabors Industries for the delivery of two strings of DualLink for its US land applications.

DualLink is a next generation wired drill pipe, delivering high speed data telemetry and power, reliably. Connecting downhole to surface, DualLink will improve well construction efficiencies and placement in the reservoir, opening a new world of possibilities for the next generation of downhole tools and automation.

The announcement of the commercial order for DualLink follows on from Reelwell’s successful customer demonstration of the technology in September last year. During the demonstration DualLink performed without failure for over 80 hours with 100% uptime reliability of telemetry and power transmission, validating the commercialisation of the technology.

Ian Silvester, CEO of Reelwell USA, says, “The whole team are excited to receive the purchase orders from Nabors for the delivery of two DualLink drillstrings and supporting services. We are confident that the reliability, high speed telemetry and power supplied by DualLink will finally connect surface and downhole, enabling further enhancements to the automation and well construction services offered on Nabors’ rigs.”

“With DualLink, we are enabling the digital drilling technology transformation. The vastly increased bi-directional telemetry speeds enable drillers to optimise the drilling processes by assessing the downhole conditions and adjusting to drilling dysfunctions immediately, reducing unplanned events and trips. Drilling decisions regarding hole cleaning, dynamics, wellbore tortuosity and accurate well placement can all be made instantly with the high- resolution data received, without compromising formation evaluation data quality,” he continues.

“The ability for DualLink to transmit power from surface to downhole removes the need for batteries downhole, allowing for remote operations and reduced tool configuration at the rig. Longer term, it will enable next generation tool development: shorter, lower cost, more reliable measurement and drilling tools closer to the bit without the need for pulsers or batteries downhole,” adds Silvester.

Subodh Saxena, Sr. Vice President, Nabors Drilling Solutions, says, “We believe DualLink will be an important element in the evolution of integrated drilling solutions. It will reduce overall well-construction costs and will enhance our automated drilling smart apps, generating smoother and more accurate wellbore trajectories, ultimately leading to increased production for our customers.”

“Today’s announcement further illustrates our continued investment in emerging technologies and products that enable the execution of our automation and digital strategies through collaboration with select partners,” Saxena adds.

The two full length strings of DualLink are due to be manufactured in Norway, starting in 2021 for use on Nabors rigs in US land applications.