Paradigm Oilfield Services is launching the Raptor range of tools in response to industry demand for drilling equipment that delivers improved rate of penetration (ROP) in high angle and horizontal wells.
Under the new Raptor brand, the Aberdeenshire-based company will be showcasing three bespoke new tools developed by its team of design engineers at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen, 6 – 8 September.
It is the first chance to see the new patented Raptor Reamer in action, with live demonstrations being given on the stand. The Raptor Reamer operates on the industry standard ‘drop-ball’ to activate method. The fully supported cam-arm expansion method and fail safe closure mechanism give reliable performance and peace of mind. The ability to ream and back-ream gives maximum operational flexibility.
Paradigm will also be showcasing the Raptor Tractor, which reduces torque as well as the potential for stick and slip whilst drilling. With up to 500 hours planned life between services, the collar also provides 20% of its own weight in forward thrust to help ensure consistent weight on bit and improved ROP.
The Raptor Roller offers total security thanks to a latch/lock roller retention mechanism. The combination of the pressure balanced grease lubrication system for maximum reliability and optimised fluid by-pass give improved performance in a range of hole conditions. The new Raptor Roller Tractor is based in a similar core design and gives the drill pipe transport and traction in high angle and horizontal drilling operations. The rolling elements further minimise formation stress.
Fraser Innes, chairman of Paradigm Oilfield Services, said: “We have seen a rise in the need for tools which enhance drilling performance in the latest generation of well designs and the Raptor range is the answer to that. Wells are becoming more complex and challenging as operators look to maximise the potential of existing reserves and explore more unconventional sources and these new tools are designed to increase the rate of penetration to achieve greater efficiencies.”
The new tools form part of the innovative suite of technologies on offer which also includes the Raptor Dual Stage Hole Openers, which are being used in operations around the world. With six-point spaced hole contact for increased stabilization, these are suitable for hole sizes up to 42 inches.
The Raptor torque killer subs reduce torque significantly by eliminating torque-induced precession due to the low maintenance mud lubricated bearing surface. Unlike other torque reduction tools the unique mud lubricated load bearing parts are made from specialist non metallic compounds removing the need for complex, pressure compensated bearings.
This extends the envelope of reliable performance and reduces the complexity of the tool for redress. There are no split components and this combined with the one piece body design ensures tool integrity at all times, no matter the conditions. The subs reduce the power requirement for string rotation in deviated well and drill-string wear and fatigue. Ideal for use in the build sections of extended reach drilling wells, the subs can increase the life of casing and tool joints.