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Churchill sees demand for dart-less activation

Churchill Drilling Tools has seen a growing demand for its technology with a record number of dart activations in August 2017. Operators are increasingly trusting Churchill's darts to activate downhole devices, with the company announcing the launch of a dart-less version of its Self Filling Float, the popular time-saving tool for running in hole in deep water drilling programs.  

Responding to the industry's demand to drill faster, more efficiently and at low risk, the company has developed its dart-less ‘SFF Trigger'.  The ‘Trigger' version of its Self-Filling Float maintains the capability to run in hole quickly in a dormant mode, but with an added automatic activation system which is ‘triggered' when the tool reaches pre-set depth and pressure.

This new automatic system provides operators with superior inter-operability with other tools in the drill string.  It is unaffected by shallow-hole testing and can also be positioned below any other tool that needs thru-bore access providing faster trip times and a unique level of flexibility and performance for deep water operations.

CEO of Churchill Drilling Tools, Mike Churchill, said: "This new technology is a further step forward in down hole activation.  In developing this tool we have pushed the boundaries of innovation and provided operators with a new level of automation, speed and flexibility.  

"Our support team has decades of drilling experience and through close consultation with our operator partners we continue to deliver cutting edge engineering solutions, such as the SFF Trigger, to the many complex challenges they encounter when on campaign.

Churchill Drilling Tools also confirmed today that across its portfolio it saw a record 41 dart deployments in August alone - with several multiple valve activations, in sequence, and in the same string. 

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