Technology recognized for innovation, problem-solving and potential to improve environmental performance, safety and profitability
HOUSTON – Halliburton won three Hart's E&P meritorious engineering achievement awards in 2012, as well as four Honorable Mentions*. The awards were presented at the Halliburton booth at the Offshore Technology Conference, April 30, in Houston.
The Hart's Meritorious Award for Engineering Achievement, established in 1971, honors the world's best new technologies and techniques for finding, drilling and producing oil and gas wells. The receipt of a meritorious engineering achievement award marks a company as a technology leader in the upstream oil and gas industry. Entries are judged by a panel of globally recognized industry experts on their innovation of concept or design; their ability to solve a real, practical oilfield problem; and their potential for improving profitability, safety or efficiency.
"It is an honor for our technology to be recognized as the best," said Jim Brown, president of Halliburton's Western Hemisphere operations. "Leading the industry in innovation and technology development is one of Halliburton’s guiding principles, and it represents our commitment to providing customers with the best possible solutions for their challenges."
The seven winning Halliburton technologies and the categories in which they won are:
- CleanStream® service (Health, Safety and Environment category). CleanStream service features Halliburton’s ultraviolet light bacteria control process, which uses a mobile unit capable of treating fracturing fluid at rates up to 100 bbl/min. Using the service enables operators to significantly reduce the volume of biocides used to treat bacteria. Controlling bacteria growth in fracturing fluid is critical since excess growth will lead to the corrosion of iron or steel. It also can cause the well to start producing sour fluids and can destroy the fracturing fluid by causing it to become too thin to be effective. To date, the use of CleanStream service has eliminated almost 200,000 gallons of biocide from well operations. For more information: CleanStream service
- Offshore Slop Unit (Health Safety and Environment category)*. The Offshore Slop Unit uses chemical flocculation and dissolved air flotation to treat slop (a mixture of wash water, rain water, and the remains of drilling and completion fluids) offshore. The unit helps to reduce waste from operations. By reducing the amount of waste requiring transport, operators can significantly reduce the risk of spills and exposure to hydrogen sulfide (H2S), and the emissions from transport. For more information: Offshore Slop Unit
- Tuned® Spacer V spacer fluid (Drilling Fluids category)*. Tuned Spacer V optimized rheology spacer fluid is designed to overcome challenges presented by high bottomhole temperatures, up to 450° Fahrenheit (232° Celsius), during cementing operations. The thermal stability of this extreme-temperature synthetic polymer allows modification of both the rheological properties (yield point) and density at service temperature for project-specific well conditions and specific applications. Its rheological properties promote turbulence even atf low pumping rates for better mud removal and to help prepare the wellbore to receive cement, ultimately allowing the slurry behind it to bond to the outer casing and formation for effective zonal isolation. For more information: Tuned® Spacer V fluid
- The RockStrong™ coring system (Formation Evaluation category). The RockStrong coring system features a unique swivel assembly that makes it the most robust coring tool on the market. To date, it is the only coring system specifically designed for extreme wellbore environments – with no pressure and temperature limits – and it has been field proven to deliver high-quality core samples in the harshest conditions. The system was built to overcome ultra-deepwater coring issues and the high vibration levels encountered in tight multi-layer formations. For more information: www.halliburton.com/coring
- The EquiFlow® autonomous inflow control device (Completions category). The EquiFlow autonomous inflow control device (AICD) is an extremely simple yet reliable device that addresses the problem of unwanted water or gas production and solves the inefficiency in current inflow control device (ICD) designs. The EquiFlow AICD takes current ICD methodology one step further, while staying true to the industry’s view of ICDs as simple, reliable, efficient and cost-effective. The device has no moving parts or elastomeric seals, and does not require communication to surface or the need for surface intervention. After installation, the AICD can be left to function autonomously for the life of the well. The EquiFlow AICD, therefore, will improve completion reliability, increase completion life, reduce disposal cost and potential environmental issues, and increase wellbore recovery in oil producing fields around the world. For more information: www.halliburton.com/equiflow
- Liner-Conveyed Gravel Pack System (Completions category)*. The Liner-Conveyed Gravel Pack (LCGP) system improves drilling and completion efficiency, while reducing overall well cost. The system provides a single-trip combination casing liner and screen assembly with the capability to place a sand control completion across the sandface and cement the liner above. Since the liner is combined with the screen into a single completion assembly, the screen does not have to pass through the liner, enabling the larger basepipe screen to be placed across the sandface. The larger outer diameter / inner diameter (OD/ID) screen installed across the sandface enables the use of larger gravel packing tools and larger screens, which increase the open flow area and reduce pressure drop across the reservoir. For more information: www.halliburton.com/lcgp
- Rigless E-Line Recompletion Solution (Remediation category)*. The Rigless E-Line Recompletion Solution gives the industry a non-explosive technology for performing through-tubing e-line plug-back recompletions that do not require a workover or servicing rig. By eliminating the need to mobilize a rig, this through-tubing recompletions technology can deliver a cost-effective solution for maximizing the economics of marginal wells. The Rigless E-Line Recompletion Solution requires only the wireline logging unit, a crane or portable mast and the required pressure control equipment, all of which can be heli-lifted to location if necessary. For more information: Rigless E-Line Recompletion Solution
Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world’s largestf providers of products and services to the energy industry. With more than 72,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities in approximately 80 countries, the company serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production through the life of the field. Visit the company’s website at www.halliburton.com.