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Wells come online faster in tight formations

The i-Frac lower completion ball drop sleeve system allows operators to bring wells in tight formations on line much more quickly than other methods. It allows for more than 20 sleeves per stage to be installed in a cemented liner and opened sequentially with a single ball. A number of stages can be run in a single well. The recent installation was in early paleocene and late cretaceous, carbonate formations in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The technology also has huge potential for global shale oil and gas plays, where in some tight shale fields it could allow an operator to fracture twice as many wells in a year compared to traditional methods. The recovery of oil and gas in limestone and tight shale formations is accomplished by drilling horizontal wells to increase the well-reservoir contact. Each well is divided into zones which are individually opened to carry out a controlled and efficient stimulation of the formation rock.

Traditionally, this has been a complex and time-consuming process involving the need for running perforation guns, plugs and stimulation equipment into and out of the well for each zone. Additionally, the use of explosive charges involves considerable risk. The use of i-TEC’s technology enables the well to be completed in a single, continuous process with the additional environmental benefit of a reduction in water use.

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New Motor Lasts Longer and Enables Deeper Drilling

New Motor Lasts Longer and Enables Deeper Drilling

BEI Kimco Magnetics has introduced a new, rugged brushless DC (BLDC) motor that was developed specifically to withstand the harshest conditions found in the Oil Exploration Industry. The robust design also makes it suitable for other applications found in severe environments where failure is not an option. As the extraction of oil reaches greater depths, drilling equipment must continue to operate reliably in increasing temperatures and pressures, while also enduring extreme shock and vibration. In an industry where one hour of downtime can cost upwards of $100,000, having durable products that have been tested and proven to last is crucial. In some cases, replacing a motor in drilling applications can take up to ten hours or more. BEI Kimco Magnetics understands this need and has designed a motor that can stand up to the challenge, and has the testing results to prove it.

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Burners benefit from reduced flame height and lower emissions

In traditional burners, oxygen and fuel has a small premix area before ignition (left). More premix time as introduced by Duplex technology (right) cuts the amount of pollutants generated each time the burner is lit.

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Single Source Solution: Caterpillar Supplies Propell Oilfield Equipment with Cat Engine with Dynamic Gas Blending, Cat Transmission, Cat Pressure Pump and a Cat Vocational Truck for Landmark Well Stimulation Trailer

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Baker Hughes Introduces Wireline Service to Deliver Precise Pressure Data

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Cummins Announces Production of PowerCommand 3300 Controller for Oil and Gas Drilling Applications

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