BJ Services to Supply to Custom Cementing Units to Aker Drilling

BJ Services Seahawk Cement Unit
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BJ Services' Well Services Division for Europe and Africa has entered into an agreement with Aker Drilling to place custom-built cementing units on two new Aker H-6e rigs. The first cement unit will be installed in December 2006, and second unit will be installed in 2007. The first rig is scheduled for completion in February 2008, and the second rig in September 2008.

A Global Effort
The cementing units are being built to specification by BJ Services, with project management taking place in Aberdeen, Scotland, and engineering work being carried out at BJ's Technology Centre in Tomball, Texas. Equipment will be constructed by BJ at its manufacturing facility in Tomball. Final installation and commissioning will be carried out at Aker Drilling's yard in Stord, Norway.

Cementing Units to Operate Remotely
The cementing units will incorporate state-of-the-art technologies used in pressure pumping and cement mixing equipment, such as the variable-speed electric drives featured in BJ's Seahawk cementing unit. These units also will be operated remotely by a high-speed computer from an office environment overlooking the cementing room. All relevant information can be sent anywhere in the world, and because the system uses fiber optic communication cable, it can also be operated remotely from an onshore location.

"The fact that the cementing units will be operated remotely means the equipment operator will be working in a much safer environment," said Gary Broiles, senior region operations manager Europe & Africa-Well Services for BJ Services. "We are confident that these new design Seahawk units will perform successfully in a wide range of extreme conditions, providing improved service reliability to Aker Drilling and ultimately to the end client," he added.

The agreement with Aker Drilling for the cementing units features an option for two additional units. As one of the largest providers of cementing and related engineering services to the oil industry, BJ Services has provided custom-built cementing units for drilling companies and major operators throughout the world.

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