Drilling Motors

Drilling motors from Halliburton Sperry Drilling

The drilling motors from Halliburton Sperry Drilling offer a wide range of configurations to meet your needs. These motors have the power, torque, and speed to drill with the most aggressive polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits for specific downhole conditions or well designs. Using the latest available technology and materials, the Halliburton motors can be used in an extensive range of drilling applications, such as:

  • Vertical, directional, and
    horizontal wells
  • High temperature
  • Synthetic-, oil-, and water-based mud systems
  • Performance drilling
  • Extended-reach wells
  • Shale plays
  • Motor above rotary steerable system - MARSS

Configurable power sections

A range of modular power sections is available to match the motor output to the specific requirements of each project and the style of bit. We offer:

  • High-speed motors for drilling in harder formations, where diamond impregnated bits are preferred
  • Slower-speed motors that match the rpm requirements of roller cone bits
  • Low and medium speed motors with very high torque output for maximum rate of penetration (ROP) and long life downhole, where PDC bits are optimal
GABI™ Downhole Drilling Motor
Sperry Drilling’s GABI™ motor is equipped with a GABI™ sensor providing at-bit azimuthal gamma ray and inclination measurements for improved geosteering and optimum wellbore placement.
SperryDrill® and SperryDrill® XL/XLS Positive Displacement Motors
The SperryDrill® positive displacement motor operates reliably under a wide range of downhole conditions. With configurations suitable for everything from conventional fluid drilling to air drilling, from standard to high temperature and high pressure environments, from long to short radius, the SperryDrill fleet of motors delivers superior performance in every application.
StrataForce™ High-Torque Motors
StrataForce™ high-torque motors help improve drilling performance in unconventionals with extended-length power sections and high-resilient elastomer technology.
GeoForce® Even Layer Thickness Motors
GeoForce® motors help to enhance drilling performance in mature fields with eve-layer stator technology.

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Summary Summary Canada: GABI™ Sensor Provides At-Bit Technology to Help Maximize Reservoir Exposure and Increase Drilling Efficiency Sign in required
While drilling horizontal wells in the Cardium formation in Alberta, Canada, NAL Oil and Gas Trust needed to keep the wellbore within a 2 meter (6.6 feet) thick zone of interest to help maximize reservoir exposure.
Summary Summary Oklahoma, USA: GABI™ Motor Solution Geosteers Exploration Well to Critical Coring Point Sign in required
Due to the short sensor-to-bit distance of the GABI motor, Sperry Drilling was able to locate and select a formation top that had previously been drilled through using other tools, precisely placing the wellbore at TD in the exact position the customer wanted.
Summary Summary Canada, Alberta: GeoForce® XL motors help operator save US$2.5 million in Duvernay shale well Sign in required
By running GeoForce® XL high-performance motors to tackle high builds and long lateral sections, Sperry Drilling cut drilling time almost in half on an extended-reach well in the Duvernay shale play in Canada, reducing drilling days from 49 days to 28 days.
Summary Summary USA, Wyoming: Operator Saves $145,000 by Replacing RSS with GeoForce Motor Solution Sign in required
An operator in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin planned to drill a build and lateral section of a well into the Sussex formation, overlying the Niobrara formation, which typically has higher weight transfer issues, creating a challenge to directionally drill to final total depth (TD).
Summary Summary Angola: 24-inch Geo-Pilot® XL System Drills Vertical and Build Sections in a Single Run Sign in required
Angola deepwater exploration well: Vertical and build sections of the 24-inch by 42-inch hole (405 meters/1,329 feet) were drilled in a single run.
Summary Summary Oklahoma, USA: First 6-3/4-inch GABI™ Motor Trial in USA Demonstrates Real-Time Value Drilling Shale Well Sign in required
The operator realized the value in knowing wellbore reactions closer to the bit provided real-time inclination updates, an improvement over previous jobs with data from sensors positioned further away from the bit. In addition, they were pleased that the GABI motor delivered the at-bit information even while sliding the motor, with no additional down time usually experienced with other imaging sensors while wiping through slides.
Summary Summary Canada: High Performance Mud Motor Technology Reduces Drilling Costs in Harsh Environment Sign in required
Rising downhole pressures and temperatures on a well in Alberta forced the operator to find alternatives to the turbine they had used to drill the initial stages of the well.
Summary Summary Mexico: Halliburton Sets New Field Record and Saves PEMEX $200,000 using Matched Drilling System Sign in required
PEMEX challenged Halliburton to match the competitor’s performance by drilling as fast as possible while accurately delivering the planned objectives.
Summary Summary North Sea: GeoForce® Motor and 3D-i™ Software Drill HTHP Well in the North Sea Sign in required
Provide directional drilling and MWD for a 16,000-foot HP/HT exploration well.
Summary Summary Colombia: GeoForce® XL Downhole Motor Delivers Best in Class Performance in Castilla Field Sign in required
Ecopetrol wanted to improve drilling performance in the 12 ½-inch hole section of the well to help reduce overall drilling time and associated costs by ten percent.
Summary Summary North Dakota: GeoForce® XL Enhanced Performance Motors Excel in North Dakota Shale Sign in required
Challenge: Safely and economically drill the 8.75-inch vertical sections of two shale oil wells in the Williston Basin in one bit/BHA run per well.
Summary Summary Mozambique: Halliburton Matched Drilling System Helps Operator Save $2.5 Million in Deepwater Mozambique Sign in required
The matched system of a GeoForce® motor and FXD84DM bit helped mitigate vibration, maximize ROP and deliver longer tool life through the section.
Summary Summary Egypt: GeoForce® XL Motor Powers through Hard Formation, Reducing Drilling Time by 54 Hours Sign in required
The GeoForce XL motor achieved remarkable success with an approximate 40 percent increase in ROP versus standard performance mud motors in offset wells.
Summary Summary Canada: Operator Saves Over 27 Days of Rig Time Drilling Gas Wells in Difficult Shale Formation Sign in required
The operator planned a four-well pad in the challenging Komie area of North East British Columbia, designing gas wells with 700 meter (2,300 feet) surface holes followed by monobore horizontals with a total measured depth (MD) averaging 4,200 meters (13,780 feet).
Summary Summary Philippines: First Use of Short Radius Technology in Philippines Reduces Drilling Time Sign in required
The well located offshore Philippines in 100 m (328 ft) of water required a sidetrack after producing hydrocarbons with a high water cut.
Summary Summary Mexico: Optimized Drilling Performance Overcomes Multiple Challenges to Save Millions Sign in required
Offshore Mexico The Cantarell-2119 heavy oil well is located offshore Mexico, water depth 46 m (150 ft), in a block bounded by faults on both the east and west, presenting challenges that include total lost circulation zones and rock with high compressive strength averaging about 35,000 to 40,000 psi.
Summary Summary Oman: GeoForce® Motor Saves Operator 7.5 Drilling Days with Fewest Number of Bit Runs in History of Field Sign in required
An operator in Oman had been using two different bottomhole assemblies (BHAs) to drill a 12-1/4-inch vertical section for unconventional wells.
Summary Summary Canada, Alberta: Real-Time Geosteering Delivers Optimal Wellbore Placement in Thin Coal Reservoir Sign in required
An operator drilling a coalbed methane well in the Swan Hills area of Alberta, Canada needed to stay at the bottom of a thin reservoir to enable maximum production of methane gas. The reservoir was only 1.8 meters (6 feet) thick, and it was very important to place the well as low in the reservoir as possible without exiting.
Summary Summary North Dakota, USA: GeoForce® XL Motor Beats Drilling Curve to Kick-off Point with an Estimated Rig Time Savings of $30,000 Sign in required
The GeoForce XL 6/7 motor successfully achieved the operator’s objective to improve drilling performance, reaching the KOP one full day ahead of the curve. This performance beat all recent wells in the operator’s database by 10 drilling hours, and resulted in an estimated rig time savings of $30,000.
Summary Summary Mexico: Halliburton Saves Time Drilling with the GeoForce® Enhanced Performance Motor in an Abrasive Environment Sign in required
An operator drilling an onshore development well needed to drill through the abrasive formation of unconsolidated, fine-grained sands of the Queen City formation.
Summary Summary GOM: An operator saved an estimated US$500,000 by staying completely within the target window Sign in required
An operator in the Gulf of Mexico wanted to increase production and recovery in a mature field, but was faced by two main challenges.
Summary Summary Gulf of Mexico: GABI™ Motor Provides Superior At-Bit Technology for Real-Time Geosteering on GOM Continental Shelf Sign in required
The 4,952-foot (1,509-meter) hole section was delivered as planned in a single run (eliminating additional BHA changes), drilling 100 percent of the target sand. The interval was drilled in 43.5 drilling hours with an average rate of penetration of 114 feet per hour.
Summary Summary USA, Texas: Halliburton Matched System Helps save Operator an Estimated $60,000 Delivering One-Run Curve and Lateral Sign in required
An operator drilling in the Permian basin wanted to improve drilling efficiency by reducing the number of runs required to drill a horizontal well in West Texas.
Summary Summary India: Optimized Drilling Performance Delivers 99.68 Percent Operating Efficiency and Helps Operator Save US$ One Million Sign in required
Over the course of more than 50 extended reach wells drilled in water depths from 45 m to 75 m (148 - 246 ft), the customer’s primary challenge was to drill the 12 ¼-inch sections at optimum rates of penetration (ROP) while ensuring efficient hole cleaning through long shale sections using a synthetic oil-based mud system.
Summary Summary Egypt: Petrobel Successfully Field Tests GeoForce in Egypt Sign in required
Improved average ROP nearly 180 percent over conventional motors used in two offset wells. Further boosted ROP by 40 percent over competitor’s premium motor used in previous well, cutting rig time by two more days.
Summary Summary Malaysia: Matched Drilling System Helps Deliver Record Horizontal and Save Operator US$ 1.2 Million Sign in required
The operator required precise wellbore placement within the target sand at a proposed target depth of 1,168 meters (3,382 feet) true vertical depth (TVD).
Summary Summary South Asia: Short Radius Drilling Technology Enhances Production in Depleted Fields Sign in required
The operator of a mature offshore oil field was seeking an economical solution for their field redevelopment project to access bypassed reserves and increase oil production.
Summary Summary Texas, USA: GABI™ Motor Helps Deliver Well 100 Percent in Target Zone Sign in required
While drilling the 7,500-foot (2,286-meters) horizontal section of a 14,000-foot (4,267.2-meters) well in the Wolfcamp Shale in west Texas, the customer faced a 2,000-foot (609.6-meters) section with a slight anticline in the middle. Starting at about 9,300-feet (2,834.6-meters) measured depth (MD), the target zone sloped upwards from 6,000-feet (1,828.8-meters) true vertical depth (TVD) to 5,900-feet (1798.32-meters) TVD, and back down again to 6,000-feet (1,828.8-meters) TVD. Previous attempts at drilling this zone had resulted in breaking out of the top of the target formation, and losing hundreds of feet of productive interval. Additionally, this zone needed to be drilled smoothly to aid in running casing for completion.
Summary Summary North Dakota, USA: GeoForce® XL Motor Powers Through Three Forks Resource Play Sign in required
The operator enlisted Halliburton to drill almost 10,000 feet (2,956 meters) laterally in one of the prime U.S. unconventional oil plays, the Williston Basin.
Summary Summary Canada: GABI™ Sensor Provides At-Bit Technology to Help Maximize Reservoir Exposure and Increase Drilling Efficiency Sign in required
While drilling horizontal wells in the Cardium formation in Alberta, Canada, NAL Oil and Gas Trust needed to keep the wellbore within a 2 meter (6.6 feet) thick zone of interest to help maximize reservoir exposure.
Summary Summary India: EM Telemetry Enables Successful Foam Drilling in Remote Coal Bed Methane Wells Sign in required
In the remote area of West Bengal in eastern India, an operator was experiencing severe mud losses and hole instability problems typical to CBM drilling. They sought to alleviate these problems by drilling with air/foam instead of mud, challenging Sperry Drilling services to provide a solution to the wellbore integrity challenges.
Summary Summary Marcellus Shale, USA: SperryDrill® XL Motor Drills First Single-Run 8 ½-Inch Hole Sections in Marcellus Shale Wells Sign in required
In this unconventional shale gas play, the operator wanted to minimize Authorization for Expenditure (AFE) and drive better economics by eliminating costly trips and additional equipment associated with multiple runs. In order to accomplish this, the operator challenged Sperry Drilling services to deliver a new well architecture, featuring a lengthy low-angle tangent to create displacement without sacrificing valuable lateral in zone.
Summary Summary Colombia: Ecopetrol Saves Over Five Days of Rig Time using GeoForce® Enhanced Performance Motor Sign in required
The operator drilling an oil production well (“S” profile) in Colombia’s Magdalena Middle Basin wanted to improve operating time in the Tisquirama field to reduce costs while drilling both the build and drop section of the 8 ½-inch hole section.
Summary Summary Oklahoma, USA: GABI™ Motor and StrataSteer® 3D Service Provide Real-Time Geosteering Solution for Successful Well Placement in Critical Thin Bed Horizontal Sign in required
While drilling the 4,000-foot horizontal section of a 10,000-foot well in the Mississippi Lime near Alva, Oklahoma, the customer needed to maximize exposure to the 15-foot thick target formation and totally avoid the bounding shale above. Drilling into the shale above would introduce wellbore stability issues, and force the operator to sidetrack. Additionally, the operator needed to minimize the cost of the well while staying in zone. Previous attempts at drilling this zone had resulted in breaking out of the target formation, and having to pull back and sidetrack the well.
Summary Summary Mexico: PEMEX Saves Over US$30 Million on Cantarell Well by Using a Matched System Sign in required
PEMEX planned to drill a well in 228 days, but by implementing Halliburton’s matched drilling solution, drilling time was reduced by 121 days.
Summary Summary USA, New Mexico: Halliburton Matched System Delivers Curve in One Run Saving Operator an Estimated $56,000 Sign in required
In the Permian basin, New Mexico, horizontal wells penetrate the Bone Springs formation where drilling the curve typically requires multiple runs and close to 60 hours. An operator challenged Halliburton to provide a solution capable of drilling the curve in two runs or less.
Summary Summary Saudi Arabia: Matched System Delivers Increased ROP and Zero NPT for Field Record in Saudi Arabia Sign in required
Challenge: Excel on performance to safely and economically drill a vertical lump sum turnkey well in the Shedgum Field.
Summary Summary Germany: Drilling Performance Integrated Workflow Delivers Gas Storage Cavern Project Six Months Early Sign in required
The operator required drilling S-shaped directional wells with a 5 meter (16 feet) radius target to gain access to the salt dome under the Jemgumkloster field to create ten new gas storage caverns.
Summary Summary GABI™ Downhole Drilling Motor
Motor equipped with at-bit azimuthal gamma ray and inclination measurements for improved geosteering and optimum wellbore placement
Summary Summary GABI™ Downhole Drilling Motor
Sperry Drilling’s GABI™ motor is equipped with a GABI™ sensor providing at-bit azimuthal gamma ray and inclination measurements for improved geosteering and optimum wellbore placement.
Summary Summary SperryDrill® and SperryDrill® XL/XLS Positive Displacement Motors
The SperryDrill® positive displacement motor operates reliably under a wide range of downhole conditions. With configurations suitable for everything from conventional fluid drilling to air drilling, from standard to high temperature and high pressure environments, from long to short radius, the SperryDrill fleet of motors delivers superior performance in every application.
Summary Summary StrataForce™ High-Torque Motors
StrataForce™ high-torque motors help improve drilling performance in unconventionals with extended-length power sections and high-resilient elastomer technology.
Summary Summary Drilling Motors
Sperry Drilling’s downhole drilling motors can be configured to answer specific downhole conditions or well designs.
Summary Summary GeoForce® Even Layer Thickness Motors
GeoForce® motors help to enhance drilling performance in mature fields with eve-layer stator technology.
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