USING NEW TECHNOLOGIES GAZPROM NEFT SETS NEW DRILLING RECORD IN THE ARCTIC
A new record in well-drilling at Gazprom Neft has been set at the company’s Novoportovskoye field, with a 1,000-metre horizontal shaft being covered in just under three days (2.93 days or 70 hours and 33 minutes).
This result was achieved by using an experimental drill bit, the design of which had been specially fine-tuned by domestic producers for drilling in permafrost, with equipment having been specifically modified for use at the Novy Port project: the interlobe space and number of jet nozzles having been increased, and the calibration area improved. This new drill-bit has made it possible to double drilling speeds, to 130 metres per hour. The total penetration was 5,921 metres.
Novoportovskoye was the first field discovered on the Yamal Peninsula, with the presence of major oil and gas reserves here having been proved as early as 1964.
Gazprom Neft Yamal CEO Alexey Ovechkin said:
“A record performance always reflects a task’s true terms of reference — specifically, the Gazpromneft-Yamal team’s timely engineering support and effective collaboration with contractors. These outstanding results notwithstanding, the potential for further improvements in drilling performance at Arctic fields is obvious, and we plan to realise this, helped by the tools of the Technical Limits project — which has, already, proved itself.”
(Source and image: Gazprom Neft)
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