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Pertamina Hulu Mahakam Sets Two New Records in East Kalimantan with Ulterra’s 8.5” SPL616 “Thanos” Bit

Increased Stability

In the Marvel Universe, Thanos takes the lead as the most powerful character whose main objective was to bring stability to the entire universe. In the oil and gas industry, Ulterra takes the lead on designing drill bits to help operators achieve their drilling objective; whether that is to bring stability, speed, or durability to their drilling operation.

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Ulterra Discusses Cutter Configuration and Design, Stability & Vibration Resistance, and Boosting ROP in Oilfield Technology’s Drill Bit Design Q&A

This originally appeared in Oilfield Technology’s Drill Bit Design Q&A, used with permission.

Oilfield Technology invited multiple companies to share their knowledge on a variety of drill bit design topics. Ulterra’s Chris Casad, innovation manager, and Chris Gooch, product development manager, discussed the following topics:

  • Cutter Configuration and Design
  • Stability & Vibration Resistance
  • Boosting ROP

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Ulterra Introduces RipSaw™ as a New Bit Technology that Improves Drilling Economics in World Oil® Magazine

This originally appeared in World Oil Magazine OCTOBER 2019 issue, used with permission.

TRANSITIONAL DRILLING CHALLENGE

One of the biggest challenges facing the drilling industry is interfacial severity, or transitional drilling. This is broadly de­fined as layers of rock with different hard­ness that require the bit to drill through the transition, putting cutting forces on different parts of the profile. The imbal­ance of force concentration can induce vibration or even cause cutter overload, both of which lead to severe cutting struc­ture damage.

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An Operator in Egypt’s Western Desert Drills their Longest Interval in the Meleiha West Deep Area

An operator in Egypt recently partnered with Ulterra to drill their longest interval in the Meleiha West Deep field. While encountering the lower Alam El Bueib (AEB) formation, the formation transitions into highly interbedded lithology containing high abrasive sandstone and siltstone. Typical performance in this field requires at least two bits to drill the interval, especially due to challenges faced in the AEB formation.

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Ulterra’s SplitBlade™ Gets Selected as a Winning Technology in LAGCOE New Technology Showcase

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 6, 2019

Ulterra is pleased to announce that LAGCOE leadership has declared the winners of its New Technology Showcase, and SplitBlade™ has been selected as a winning technology to be featured at the 2019 Technical Exposition and Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on October 9th-11th. Ulterra is honored to stand alongside other winning companies to present their technology to the hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees during this conference.

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An Operator in Canada Partners with Ulterra to Combat Challenges in Briar Ridge Field

Recently, an operator targeting the Montney formation in Canada, an extensive resource play that reaches across northwest Alberta and into northeast British Columbia, was challenged with a particular pad in the Briar Ridge field. Specifically, this operator experienced several instances of bit balling while drilling the upper formations with 6-bladed bit designs. This resulted in a significant loss in ROP and instances where a trip was required as the bit was unable to be fully cleaned to the point where drilling could not continue.

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