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Rig trial of integration of MPD and automated well control technology completed

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Safe Influx has announced that the rig trial of the industry’s first ever integration of managed pressure drilling (MPD) and automated well control technology has been completed.

Following months of preparation by Weatherford, Safe Influx and Finesse Control Systems (who build the Safe Influx equipment and develop the logic programming), a series of pre-agreed tests were successfully performed on Weatherford’s test rig in Houston, US, to demonstrate and verify the integration and functionality of both systems.

The combination of Weatherford Victus™ intelligent MPD and Safe Influx Automated Well Control systems provides automated secondary well control which will allow wells to be drilled and constructed with the highest level of efficiency and integrity.

As a standalone application, the MPD system can detect, control and circulate out an influx which is within the well’s operational envelope.

If the parameters within the well’s operational envelope are exceeded, the Weatherford MPD system sends a series of real time signals to the Safe Influx Automated Well Control system which then commences the Automated Shut-in sequence: Space out -> Shut down the Top Drive -> Shut down the Mud Pumps -> Shut-in the BOP.

“We are delighted to have successfully completed the rig trial of the integration of MPD and Automated Well Control systems. The combination of the Safe Influx patented technology with Weatherford’s comprehensive portfolio of MPD products provides a game changer for the industry. We are confident that this is a reliable tool which has the ability to mitigate risks and enhance efficiency and safety in well operations, to prevent the loss of life, minimise environmental impact, deliver substantial cost savings and protect company reputation,” said Bryan Atchison, Managing Director at Safe Influx.

Fraser Dunphy, Managing Director at Finesse Control Systems, commented “It’s been great to work with Safe Influx and Weatherford on this ambitious and innovative combination of technologies. We have been involved with this project since its initial phase and we are thrilled to see this integration working on the rig trial. The successful results reveal the value of combining technologies, knowledge and experience to create a cutting-edge solution to the oil and gas industry.”

The rig trial is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Weatherford and Safe Influx in September 2020. Under the MoU, the companies will cooperate globally to focus on revolutionising well integrity during the construction phase by bringing to market the integration of MPD solutions and Automated Well Control technology. This integrated offering will automate the mitigation of drilling hazards, while drilling in the most efficient manner possible.

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