Successful initial field trials and system testing completion for Enteq Technologies’ SABER Tool

Source: press release, 11 November 2021

The SABER Tool, a step-change in directional drilling technology
The SABER Tool, a step-change in directional drilling technology (illustration: Enteq Technologies)

Enteq Technologies, the energy services technology and equipment supplier, announces successful results of initial downhole and system testing of the SABER Tool; its innovative alternative to traditional rotary steerable systems (RSS) for directional drilling. Testing included downhole qualification in a live drilling environment, as well as system testing exposing the tool to a range of dynamic scenarios to assess the efficacy of its innovative control system and mechanics.

The SABER Tool, launched in February this year, is an evolution of the proof of concept, tested by Shell and licensed to Enteq, representing a step-change in directional drilling technology. The Enteq team, which has expanded rapidly in response to its product development and global growth ambitions, has re-engineered the concept resulting in a mechanically simple, plain collar and compact design that promises excellent control and new levels of reliability.

Putting it through its paces, the SABER Tool has undergone downhole and system testing to verify its ability to hold its directional tool face stationary under varying, dynamic downhole conditions. Performing to its design scope, results demonstrate that its unique simplified control system, works to successfully hold the geostationary platform.

Commenting on the development and testing, Neil Bird, VP Advanced Drilling Systems, Enteq Technologies says, “We are excited by the performance of the SABER tool during testing. There are many ways that RSS tools work to hold geo-stationary platforms – what sets SABER apart is its simplification and elegance. Furthermore, the way this is implemented means that the electronics are isolated from the industry challenge of torsional vibration resulting in reduced failures.”

“Whereas other tools have components that rotate with the collar, be that mechanical or electrical, the only thing rotating within the SABER Tool are the bearings – everything else is stationary. This principle of the tool means the downhole electronics are decoupled from damaging torsional vibration. In addition, we have increased the magnitude of braking force to ten times greater than the initial proof of concept. These results work to re-affirm our overall aim of creating a tool capable of working in the harshest conditions while enabling us to create a commercially viable product,” adds Bird.

Other findings from testing reveal that the SABER Tool also comfortably exceeds the initial requirements tool face control benchmark, alongside confirmation of sufficient side-force at-bit, operating in-line with performance specifications.

Enteq will be sharing the results of ongoing field-trials at ADIPEC in November and will be located in the UK Pavilion in Hall 8 at stand 8432 Enteq expects the SABER Tool to be commercial during 2022 and interested potential partners are welcome to enquire for more information on the design and testing.