Effective solutions for every drilling rig.
We provide rapid and reliable response to every well control event. We use our patent-pending technology to detect a kick, take control of the rig equipment to space out, shut down the pumps and top drive, and shut-in the BOP.
We provide Automated Well Control solutions for every aspect of well construction and even decommissioning operations.
Our Automated Well Control is currently designed for the drilling phase which also covers early tripping off bottom and back-reaming. It will be further developed with the addition of many further modules shortly.
Modules for tripping and connections are a high priority, as are the linking of the system to Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) and client-chosen Early Kick Detection Systems (EKDS).
We are also looking at developing our own EKDS to combine all primary and secondary kick indicators in a fully automated process. A module will be developed to accurately and automatically identify the ballooning or breathing phenomenon which can be a major well control challenge in certain wells.
Another module will minimise the influx size even further by the controlled and gradual turning off of the mud pumps during the well shut-in process. Other modules will give well control protection during static and circulating operations, running and cementing casing strings and liners, and during liner inflow testing.
We plan to develop additional to deal with shallow gas, riser gas expansion scenarios, and even severe emergency situations. To date we have over 60 modules identified to augment our current capability.
Safe Influx system can be adapted to provide very effective bespoke solutions to particular and perhaps distinct well control problems.
Automated Well Control and MPD
The integration of Weatherford Victus™ Intelligent MPD and Safe Influx Automated Well Control improves safety and operational efficiency by automating primary and secondary well control.
The combined technology caters for any large or high intensity influxes that would otherwise be outside of the normal MPD operating envelope. With this fully integrated solution, we deliver both pressure control and well control in an efficient and less error prone manner.
To learn more, visit https://www.weatherford.com/AutomatedWellControl
Watch the two systems working together on the Rig Trial at https://www.weatherford.com/en/landing/tested-for-success/
Reduces human error in well control
Faster shut-in with lower kick volumes
Significant safety enhancements for the driller
Prevents the loss of lives
Enhanced environmental protection
More efficient well design
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A newly published paper authored by our Managing Director, Bryan Atchison, is now available on ScienceDirect website. In his paper, Bryan summarises the challenges of well control and the role of human factors in well control incidents. He also provides an overview of...
Busy week in Galveston. Our Managing Director, Bryan Atchison was delighted to participate in a valuable session yesterday at the IADC/SPE International Drilling Conference & Exhibition. Bryan presented a paper he co-authored with Varun Sarpangal, from Marex, and...
Safe Influx Automated Well Control has been featured in the January issue of World Oil magazine in an article about automated systems in well operations. Read in full here.
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SAFE INFLUX AUTOMATED WELL CONTROL SYSTEM
Comparative Human Factors Analysis