"We are proud to support the Houston-area oil and gas community with this donation," said Jim Nixon, Varel President and CEO. "The hall is an important institution dedicated to the preservation and education of the global oil and gas industry. We believe Varel's donation to be valuable as it demonstrates some of latest technology developed for our industry."
"We want to keep the Wiess Energy Hall current with the latest drilling technology, and the new bit from Varel is a great update to our drill bit collection," said Paul Bernhard, Project Manager for the Wiess Energy Hall Renovation. "We are delighted to accept this generous donation. The new bit is an appropriate update to the renovated Wiess Energy Hall, ensuring that our drilling equipment display remains state-of-the-art."
The donated bit, a 6" x 7" x 4 ¾" MBC58, is Varel's unique, patent-pending one-piece matrix designed bicenter. A 6" x 7" x 4 3/4" bicenter passes through a 6" diameter well bore, drills a 7" diameter hole, and allows 4 3/4" tools immediately above the bit. Varel's Houston and Tarbes, France facilities manufacture the MBCSeries bits in a range of sizes up to 17 ½" reamer diameter.
"The new bicenter drill bit from Varel is a great example of some of the most advanced drill bit design today," said Bernhard. "It is a nice complement to our new computer animation featuring the latest drilling technology in the freshly renovated Wiess Energy Hall."
"The Wiess Energy Hall is an icon to the Houston community. The timely remodel allowed us the opportunity to contribute some very progressive technology," said Nixon. "As a company with more than 60 years in the drill bit business, we are excited to be a part of this prestigious display."
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