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Phoenix and APS improve reliability of directional drilling tools

Thursday, November 29, 2012

APS Technology of Wallingford, Connecticut, and Phoenix Technology Services of Calgary, report that they have improved reliability of their drilling tools.

Phoenix has drilled 28,787m in 7,049 hours in 91 runs so far this year, with only one equipment failure.

APS makes measurement while drilling (MWD), logging while drilling (LWD), drilling optimization and vibration management products for the oil and gas industry.

Phoenix Technology Services provides horizontal and directional drilling services.

The companies have managed to "dramatically raise mean time between failures ('MTBF') and improve log quality," they said.

The two companies attribute the improvement in equipment reliability to "the close working relationship they have cultivated, particularly the sharing of information which has enabled continuous improvement of the WPR sub's mechanical, electronic and software components over time."

With the help of APS, Phoenix now offers a propagation resistivity service, using APS' Wave Propagation Resistivity (WPR) tool. This enables formation resistivity measurements to be made while drilling which are equivalent in quality to wireline.

It can be used for geosteering, correlation, pore pressure trend analysis, casing point selection, wireline replacement, logging while tripping and logging air- and foam-drilled wells.

Phoenix also reports that it operated the first resistivity LWD tool in Albania (Eastern Europe) in October 2012.



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