New Technology: ECI Rotary Steerable System development

Developing of ECI Rotary Steerable System

Start execution: 2014
End execution: 2016

Result: An RSS based on unique features of the Enhanced Casing Installation (ECI) system.

Role of WEP: WEP provided (well) engineering expertise and is a shareholder of HWT.

Project Summary

Client:Huisman Well Technology B.V. (joint venture between WEP and Huisman Equipment)
Description:New technology, a Rotary Steerable System (RSS) based on Enhanced Casing Installation (ECI)
Target:Better version of a conventional RSS
Result:An RSS based on the unique features of the ECI
Role of WEP:Well Engineering Partners provided (well) engineering expertise and is a shareholder of HWT.
Challenges:New technology

Project Description

Huisman Well Technology (HWT) is developing a fully mechanical Rotary Steerable System (RSS) based on unique features of the Enhanced Casing Installation(ECI) system. Read more about the ECI system

The combination of casing drilling and rotary steerable technology ensures a very low risk drilling system.

ECI is an innovative retrievable casing installation system that allows (directional) drilling and installing casing simultaneously while keeping the freedom to change BHA components mid-section if needed or at TD with a minimum of pipe handling involved.

A conventional RSS on drill pipe requires various position measurements and an electronic control system to steer. However, casing has a much higher rotational stiffness when compared to a conventional drill string what results in very stable and efficient drilling with small twist and stick&slip effects. These effects are sufficiently small to simplify the electronic control system in such amount that it is possible to move all controls to surface. The steering direction (Tool Face) and exact position are transmitted to surface via a link with the MWD. The steering direction is controlled by altering the top drive speed instead of downlinking with pressure pulses.

The point-the-bit type RSS system has the small stick-out which is characteristic for the ECI system ensuring a well-protected BHA with a minimal chance of getting stuck and capable of drilling the most troublesome formations.

The RSS can be operated manually but an automated rig-integrated version is worked at as visualized in the animation. The 150t highly mobile Huisman rig which is currently under development will have this unique

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