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FuchsRohr AluDrill: Pipe material critical factor in the pursuit of drilling efficiency

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Oilfield Technology,

  • Aluminum pipe FuchsRohr AluDrill has proven significant ROP improvement compared to steel pipes.
  • Weight advantage provides up to 50% reduction in friction forces.
  • FuchsRohr AluDrill will be highlighted at the SPE ATCE in San Antonio, Texas, USA (OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions, Hall 2, Booth Number 853, October 9 - 11, 2017).

The lightweight aluminium alloy pipe FuchRohr AluDrill significantly improves oil and gas drilling performance compared to standard steel pipes.

Due to a distinct weight advantage, the pipes increase buoyancy and in turn reduce friction forces up to 50% versus steel drill pipe. Drilling tests in the Niobrara formation showed up to a 30% ROP improvement in sliding mode – the result of a more effective weight-to-bit transfer.

FuchsRohr AluDrill has proven performance in demanding horizontal drilling applications. Key attributes include the pipe’s flexibility and durability: The reduced weight and stiffness mean that torque and drag are reduced and weight can be transferred more efficiently to the bit.

The cutting-edge pipe solution was developed and marketed by OTTO FUCHS Drillings Solutions (OFDS), whose parent company OTTO FUCHS KG is a best-in-class German non-ferrous materials company with a client portfolio extending across the automobile, aerospace and engineering industries.

Looking forward to the upcoming SPE ATCE event in San Antonio, OFDS president Peter Kaufmann said: “Low margins have put significant pressure on the oil and gas sector. As drilling efficiency increasingly becomes an issue, next generation aluminium alloy pipe can play a key role. The potential for substantial cost reductions should not be underestimated.”

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