Sperry Drilling Services, a brand of Halliburton's Drilling and Evaluation Division, and Total have signed a project development agreement to jointly develop an ultra-high-temperature measurement-while-drilling system capable of operating in temperatures of up to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Total, on behalf of its partners on the Victoria project (Eni and StatoilHydro), and Halliburton will each contribute equally to the project.
"This project represents a commitment from both companies to push the limits for extracting hydrocarbons from high-temperature and deeply buried reservoirs," said Brady Murphy, Vice President of Sperry Drilling Services. "We already have ultra-high-pressure tools rated to 30,000 pounds per square inch. By collaborating with Total, we have a strategic ally that can help us accelerate the development of an ultra-high-temperature logging-while-drilling system."
The two companies will be utilizing innovative, industry-first technologies to accomplish the goals of this 450 degrees F project. These include a downhole refrigeration system, cold-plate technology, flasking and phase change material -- all designed to function under the high shock and vibration encountered while drilling. The work may lead to an expanded suite of logging-while-drilling sensors capable of operating at these elevated temperatures.
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