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Pembina Field Vertical ROP Record

An operator in Alberta drilled a vertical section ROP record using Ulterra’s Split Blade technology.



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222 mm

7.8 Hours

Vertical Section

119 m/hr

Average ROP


Higher Field ROP Versus Previous Record

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An operator in Alberta, Canada recently partnered with our team to drill their 222 mm vertical section in the Pembina field. Beginning the section at a depth-in of 132 m., the operator drilled 918 m. to reach section TD of 1,050 m. in just 7.8 hours.

Compared to offset performance, Ulterra’s 222mm SPL616 was utilized to drill the fastest vertical section in the area, achieving an average ROP of 119 m/hr. The SPL616 is equipped with Split Blade® technology and was designed to help evacuate cuttings to achieve higher ROP. In this instance, the operator outpaced average field ROP by 12.26% — unleashing the full potential of the design.

About Pembina Field

Named after the Pembina river, the Pembina oilfield is one of the largest conventional plays in the province of Alberta, Canada. Second only to the oil sands found in the McMurray formation, the formation is estimated to have 1.81 billion barrels of recoverable reserves and was discovered in 1953 by Mobil Oil. The three main plays in the field are the Cardium Formation, Viking Formation, and Fernie Formation.  References: A.R. Nielsen, F.R. Michaelis, H.K. Roessingh and W.D. MacDonald. Cardium Symposium. Journal of the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists, Vol. 5 (1957), No. 4.

About Split Blade® Technologies

Ulterra’s patented Split Blade technology is the first PDC bit technology aimed at improving cuttings evacuation while simultaneously raising the ceiling on your maximum ROP capability. By separating primary hydraulic flow into dual channels per primary blade, Split Blade technology keeps the cone and shoulder of the bit equally cooled and well cleaned to unleash maximum drilling performance.