Varel Donates $40K Drill Bit to Wiess Energy Hall in Houston

Varel International has donated a bit valued at U.S. $40,000 to the Wiess Energy Hall in Houston. The hall is a permanent exhibit within the Houston Museum of Natural Science created to showcase the application of scientific concepts and advanced technology in the oil and gas industry. The donated bit, a 6" x 7" x 4 ¾" MBC58 bicenter, will be on display for the museum's grand re-opening of the Wiess Energy Hall, scheduled Friday, May 6th.

"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."

Bicenter Technology
Historically, bicenter drill bits have been used to pass through a smaller wellbore and drill an enlarged wellbore. Varel has enhanced the application of bicenter bits with their patent-pending drill-out technology feature, AFB™ (Advanced Force Balancing) cutting structure, and Casing-Saver™ cutter technology. These features ensure that no casing damage occurs during drill-out, long life of the pilot bit, and reliable directional characteristics.

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."

Details About Hall Opening
The newly remodeled Wiess Energy Hall is scheduled to open Friday, 6 May. New features of the exhibit include upgraded computer interactives, improved hands-on exhibits, and updated information about cutting-edge energy industry technology. Tickets are free for HMNS members, U.S. $6 for adults, U.S. $3.50 seniors (62+) and children (3 – 11). For tickets, or more information, visit or call +1.713.639.4629. Information is also available in Spanish at +1.713.639.4603.