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Re-Engineering and Upgrade of a Semiautomated 3,000-hp Drilling Rig

In 2011, the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) considered enhancement of equipment specifications for deep drilling rigs to integrate state-of-the-art technologies. UPDC Rig 776 was the first to be upgraded, and this work was handled as an integrated project by the rig contractor working closely with the field operator. With regard to the rig design, major changes were made to enhance safety, capacity, and automation of the drilling functions.

Purpose of the Upgrade

The drilling of future deep high-pressure/high-temperature wells in Kuwait will become more challenging. New frontier areas with increased depth and formation difficulty are being targeted. To ensure that the deep drilling rigs will be able to meet these future challenges and to improve safety and operational performance, KOC has enhanced the deep-drilling-equipment specifications for their new contracts.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 164019, “Re-Engineering and Upgrade of Semiautomated 3,000-hp Drilling Rig for KOC HP/HT Exploration Program in Frontier Areas—Case History of UPDC Rig 776,” by A. Al-Saleh, SPE, M.D. Al-Khaldy, SPE, A.A. Shehab, SPE, F.A. Al-Naqa, SPE, and S. Baijal, Kuwait Oil Company; M.F. Karam and S. Schmidt, United Precision Drilling; and D.C. McKinnell, SPE, Total Kuwait, prepared for the 2013 SPE Middle East Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition, Muscat, Oman, 28–30 January. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Re-Engineering and Upgrade of a Semiautomated 3,000-hp Drilling Rig

01 February 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 2

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