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Aramco Addresses Drilling Challenges

One of Aramco’s key research focus areas is new drilling technologies to address costs and new challenges. Drilling Technology Teams (DTTs) from Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advance Research Center (ARC) and Aramco Research Center –Houston are collaborating on research to increase the lifespan of the well.

This year, the DTT team from Houston participates in OTC for the first time with two technical papers.  Cement Strength Retrogression Issues in Offshore Deep Water Applications—Do We Know Enough For Safe Cementing? will be  presented at 11:20 a.m. during Monday’s Technical Session:  Well Cementing, Room 604. Wednesday’s Technical Session:  Offshore Drilling III: Technology and Reliability Improvements to Reduce Costs, Room 602, 11:42 a.m. includes the paper Functionalized Nanosilicas As Shale Inhibitors In Water-Based Drilling Fluids.  Working at the most fundamental molecular level, nanosilicas show promise as cost-effective material additives for drilling through shales with water based muds.
While these papers are focused on fluids and cements, the team’s work reaches across other major areas:  extended reach drilling, slim hole drilling, advanced drilling components and alternate cutting methods.
Look for other Aramco papers on the technical program dealing with multilateral active completion systems and intelligent completions in laterals.  

View the OTC Technical Program

Visit with Aramco representatives at booth #5263, to learn more about its upstream exploration and production program.

Saudi Aramco is a sponsor of this year’s OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon honoring offshore industry pioneers and benefitting Junior Achievement (JA) of Southeast Texas.

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