IADC DEC Committee Tech Forum
Extreme Drilling

Date:  15 November 2017

Time:  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Venue:  Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE)

3300 N Sam Houston Parkway E
Houston, TX  77032

Contact: Holly Shock

Phone: 1-713-292-1945
Email:  holly.shock@iadc.org

Mark your calendar for 11/15 “Extreme Drilling” DEC Technology Forum, hosted by BHGE

The theme is Extreme!  Mark your calendar for the next IADC Engineers Committee Technology Forum on 15 November.  Baker Hughes, a GE company, is graciously hosting the DEC Tech Forum at GE’s offices at 3300 N Sam Houston Parkway E, Houston, Texas  77032.  Registration is complimentary, but space is limited!  Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 08.00, and the program begins at 08:30 and runs through lunch.  Lunch is provided courtesy of BHGE.

DEC Tech Forums are excellent opportunities to learn and discuss new technologies and to network with top-notch drilling professionals.


08.30   Welcome & Introductions: Keith Lynch, ConocoPhillips, & Chairman, IADC Drilling Engineering Committee

08.35   DEC Leadership Succession

08.40   JIP Updates:

DEC-1: “Drilling Systems Automation Roadmap” –  Robin Macmillan, National Oilwell Varco

DEC-2: “Decision Support for Dynamic Barrier Support” – Bryce Levett, DNV-GL

Special Update: “Early Kick Detection Project Using Existing LWD Raw Data” – Kelly Rose, National Energy Technologies Laboratory (NETL)

09.00   “Drilling & Completion Issues for 500°C Hot Rock Geothermal CO2 Project” – Joseph Scherer, President and CEO, GreenFire Energy

Abstract:  Mr. Scherer will explain his company’s plans to harvest heat from the very hot brittle-ductile transition zone to create competitively priced utility scale power.  GreenFire believes that the principal reason for the anomaly of the earth’s enormous geothermal energy (the greatest source of renewable, clean power in the world) remaining untapped is that solutions to the challenges of drilling into very hot rock, drilling accurately and then completing wells are not yet technically or commercially available.   Mr. Scherer will describe the challenges the drilling industry must address to unlock the best source of utility scale power with large drilling campaigns deep into hot dry rock.  He will also describe the attractive economics of these very large projects for all concerned.

09.30   JIP Proposal DEC-3: “Rho Ve Method – New Empirical Pore Pressure Transform” – Matt Czerniak, Director, GCS Solutions, Inc.

10.00   “Extreme Engineering Controls: A Catastrophic Blowout” – Rolly Gomez, Engineering Manager, Boots & Coots

Abstract:  An Operator in Indonesia had been drilling a conventional well to a vertical depth of 2160ft.  Without prior warning the well kicked and began an uncontrolled flow to surface.  The Operator managed to divert the flow, but not before hydrocarbons in the form of oil, gas and condensate escaped around the casing in a catastrophic blowout. The hydrocarbons ignited spontaneously, engulfing the rig and surrounding equipment in flames.  As the well blew out it was accompanied by ejected formation debris, which led to a collapse of the surrounding area. As the well cratered it swallowed the entire rig, adjacent machinery and equipment and led to surface broaching in several nearby locations.  The presentation will focus on the surface intervention operations of this remote location, the engineering and implementation of a technically challenging shallow relief well and the successful interception and subsequent control of this highly volatile blowout.

10.30   BREAK

10.45   “Ultra-Extended Reach Drilling – Technology, Design, and Drilling Practices Answer ERD Challenges at Sakhalin-1” – Chase Holub, Drilling Engineer (Sakhalin Team), ExxonMobil

Abstract:  Exxon Neftegas Limited, the operator of the Sakhalin-1 Project, along with its partners, has been employing extended reach drilling practices consistently through its drilling campaign to develop resources in Far East Russia on Sakhalin Island. Originally implemented to allow access to offshore reservoirs from onshore drilling locations, technology advancements, design methodology evolution, and continuously improving drilling practices have allowed the operator to push the once perceived limits of extended reach drilling to access and develop resources from existing drilling and production infrastructure that would once have required new facilities or have been left unrecovered.

11.15   “Qualification of a 20,000-psi BOP for the Gulf of Mexico” – Jim Raney, Director of Engineering, Anadarko

Abstract:  After discovering a field in the Deepwater GOM with a mudline MASP exceeding 15,000 psi, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation assembled a “20A” team consisting of experts in the design development, manufacture, and inspection of Drilling, Completions, Intervention, Subsea and Subsurface Equipment in a 20,000 psi environment.  This presentation will explore the the evolution of the concepts that were encountered in the Drilling specific areas of the 20,000 psi BOP and MODU.   It will also touch on the process involved in the design verification and testing validation for this equipment to meet the regulatory requirements.

11.45   “Shell-sponsored HyperDrill™ Repetitive Hypervelocity Projectile Impact Drilling Offers 3-10X Improvement”  – Mark Russell, CEO, HyperSciences

Abstract:  Funded by Shell GameChangers and private equity, HyperSciences (General Hyper) is a hypersonic platform technology development company that significantly reduces the cost of conventional oil and Gas and Geothermal Drilling, mining, tunneling and construction excavation. The company’s patented and proprietary technology utilizes hypervelocity propulsion with low-cost erodible hypersonic projectiles to dramatically accelerate rock breaking in traditional underground applications. HyperSciences core product is Hyperdrill™, a patented steerable repetitive impact downhole tool that is a substantial enhancement to, yet compatible with existing drilling systems. This plug and play approach reduces the time, cost and adoption friction for existing operators and service providers using  well established practices.  Mature and proven with Shell sponsorship, HyperDrill™ offers 3-10X ROP (Rate of Penetration) drilling improvements over best in-class conventional rotary drilling in oil and gas (O&G) and is the key to enabling on-demand Geothermal “Anywhere” wells. Independent studies conclude that HyperDrill saves over 50% rig days and generate net savings of over $1.5M per well in traditional environments and $4-$7M per well in hard rock offshore environments, translating to over $2B annual commercial value.

12.15   Adjournment. Lunch sponsored by Baker Hughes, a GE company

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