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Sekal agreement with Statoil for drilling operations monitoring

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sekal, a Norwegian company which provides software to help model and understand drilling, has signed a framework agreement with Norwegian oil major Statoil to provide advanced monitoring of drilling operations.

Statoil will use Sekal's "DrillScene" software to model well behaviour and provide a comprehensive picture of well status in real time.

The contract will run for 2 years with options for a further 2 years.

The software has proven successful in early detection of symptoms of potential critical drilling situations, Sekal says, such as as influx of oil and gas into the well, loss of fluids to the formation, poor cuttings transport, friction evolution and pack-off tendencies that might lead to stuck pipe situations.

The software, and the physical models within it, has been developed over the past 10 years at the International Research Institute of Stavanger AS (IRIS). IRIS is the major shareholder in the company.

During this time, Statoil's "Intelligent and Safe Well Construction" (ISCW) group helped to test the models and software in real operations.

Sekal also provides a 24 hour helpdesk with experienced drilling and software personnel to help with any problems which might occur.

The software can run on real time data from the rig.



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