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Schlumberger introduces IriSphere look-ahead-while-drilling service

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Schlumberger introduced the IriSphere look-ahead-while-drilling service at the Offshore Technology Conference.

The new service provides the industry's first application of electromagnetic (EM) technology for detecting formation features ahead of the drill bit in oil and gas wells.

The service uses EM-based resistivity measurements more than 100 ft [30 m] ahead of the drill bit, which are then compared to a prepared model that incorporates offset and other data to reveal a true downrange representation of the formation while drilling. This enables operators to make proactive decisions rather than reacting to measurements at or behind the bit while drilling wells.

'IriSphere service was created in response to the needs of our customers for risk reduction, improved drilling efficiency and optimal casing point selection,' said Tarek Rizk, president, Drilling & Measurements, Schlumberger. 'Knowing what conditions lie ahead of the bit while drilling enables operators to reduce uncertainties and minimize costs by identifying geological features and deciding which actions to take before encountering them.'

More than 25 field trials were conducted with the IriSphere service in Asia, Australia, Latin America and Europe. These trials included successfully detecting reservoirs and salt boundaries, identifying thin layers, and avoiding drilling hazards, such as high-pressure formations that can lead to wellbore stability issues.

Offshore Western Australia, one customer used the IriSphere service in an unexplored part of a field to detect the reservoir 62 ft [19 m] ahead of the bit while drilling and determine reservoir thickness to be 82 ft [25 m]. This avoided the need to drill a pilot hole, and subsequent coring operations were optimized based on data acquired while looking ahead of the drill bit.



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