Baker Hughes introduces the Hammerhead System
Baker Hughes introduces its Hammerhead™ system—the industry’s first fully integrated wellhead-to-reservoir ultradeepwater completion and production system. Developed to withstand extreme environments, such as the Gulf of Mexico’s Lower Tertiary trend, the Hammerhead system is designed to enable reliable long-term, high-rate production.
The system will close an important technology gap to help operators realize full-field economic payback from their ultradeepwater assets.
“We expect the Hammerhead system to improve recovery factors by 2% in the Lower Tertiary through enhanced reservoir stimulation, higher drawdown capability and long-term optimized production,” said Richard Ward, President, Global Products and Services at Baker Hughes. “Using a standard well in a lower tertiary field as an example, a 2% improvement could translate to more than USD4 billion at prices of USD50 per barrel over the life of the well.”
The Hammerhead system includes an upper completion, a lower completion, an isolation assembly and intelligent production capabilities, and is fully compatible with subsea boosting. Designed and tested for conditions in well depths up to 33,000 ft (10,060 m) and water depths up to 10,000 ft (3050 m)—including temperatures up to 300⁰F (150⁰C) and pressures up to 25,000 psi (1700 bar)—based upon the test conditions, the system could provide reliable operations during well life cycles of 20+ years.