Projects

ArticuLock - Phase 1

Industry sponsors:

    OGTC

Sector

Entry TRL

TRL Achieved

Wells

4

4

Project summary

We worked with Deepwater Oil Tools to develop, test and certify, ArticuLock, a special articulated joint within the drillpipe running string used when deploying subsea equipment through the drilling rig during well construction.

The technology aims to enable drilling operations to run equipment even in rough weather conditions, resulting in a reduction in waiting on weather time (WOW), a multi-million pound issue annually to the drilling industry.

Independent studies have demonstrated that ArticuLock could increase the operating weather window by 30-35%, having a significant impact on reducing WOW time.

Field trial

No

Economic value

  • Cost avoidance

Non-economic value

  • Risk reduction

Project successful

  • Yes