Innovation Awards finalists: WeST Drilling Products and OneSubsea

WeST Drilling Products and OneSubsea is appointed by the jury to compete for the recognition as the most innovate companies of the energy industry.

WeST Drilling Products is nominated for the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Innovation Award for their CMR Tecnology (Continuous Drilling & Circulation), while OneSubsea is nominated for the Innovation Award for developing The Multiphase Compressor. WeST Drilling Products will be exhibiting at ONS 2016 in Hall 7, stand 752.

Read more about WeST Drilling Products and OneSubsea, and their innovative technologies below.

Of the 130 candidates, there were 72 applicants for the SME Innovation Award and 58 for the Innovation Award. The jury have picked out five finalists to compete in each category.

Other finalists
InflowControl (SME)
Air Products
Robotic Drilling Systems AS (SME)
Interwell P&A
TechInvent AS (SME)
Island Offshore/Centrica
The last finalists to be announced soon…

The Innovation Award Ceremony is held at the plenary session on Tuesday 30. August. The two winners will present their technologies at the Technical Session ONS Innovation Award, Tuesday 30. August, at 15:00. The doors will open at 14:30. The session is free and open to everyone!

About The Innovation Awards
Through the Innovation Awards we recognise the crucial importance of cutting-edge products and solutions. The awards reflect our long-standing commitment to presenting and promoting innovative ideas to the international oil, gas and energy industry.

The Innovation Award was first presented in 1982, and today companies compete in two categories, one for large companies and one for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The finalists

WeST Drilling Products
Innovation: CMR Technology (Continuous Drilling & Circulation)
West Drilling Products AS (WDP) has through a DEMO 2000 JIP invented, patented and built a new generation drilling rig called Continuous Motion Rig (CMR), a technology giving significant breakthrough in drilling efficiency, cost savings and improved well- and personnel safety. The rig is the first Drilling Robot in the world and for the first time in the history it is possible to conduct continuous drilling and circulation.

The main purpose of the CMR Pilot project has been to create, design, test and operate a pilot CMR Drilling Rig. The CMR technology includes complete new drilling machines/robots and an automation & motion robot control system, the Continuous Drilling Unit (CDU), Rig Floor Robot (RFR) and the Robotized Drill Floor (RDF), which all is able to seamless interface with each other. The method change and the robots in this new technology, make it posible to run jointed drill pipe and casing continuously, drill continuously while maintaining circulation and automate drill floor operations.

The CMR technology will reduce drilling costs in the range of 30 – 50 %. Further studies shows that CMR in additional will have substantial savings of the field development costs. The CMR technology facilitates Underbalanced Drilling, MPD, and full snubbing capabilities. CMR facilitates the worlds first fully robotize drilling process.

CMR Autonomous Drilling System gives a significant reduction in emissions. Compared to traditional drilling technology the CMR will reduce the CO2 emissions for drilling a well with 30- 50%. A case study has been made where CMR Autonomous Drilling System replaces traditional rig technology on 200 offshore drilling rigs globally. In this case CMR will reduce the emissions for drilling a well with in average 40%. The environmental savings are exceptional. CO2 reduction by replacing traditional drilling equipment with CMR Autonomous Drilling System is equal to emissions from 4.6 million cars. The project has been developed with support from The Research Council of Norway.

Read more about WeST Drilling Products

Innovation: Multiphase Compressor
The Multiphase Compressor is the world’s first true wet gas compressor with no requirements for an upstream separation facility or an anti- surge system, which greatly simplifies the subsea system requirements. The compressor is a contra-rotating machine specifically designed for pressure boosting of unprocessed well stream. This unique configuration, developed in collaboration with Statoil, allows for a compact and robust design that is easy to install by use of light intervention vessels, and is based on the well proven design developed for subsea booster pumps.

The Multiphase Compressor is capable of handling high liquid contents without mechanical issues, with gas volume fractions typically in the range of 95% to 100%. The application of a wet gas compressor in the subsea environment simplifies a subsea compression system significantly, as there is no need for pre- processing. This will enable deployment of simplified subsea systems at lower capital expenditures and field development costs. The main driver in the development of the multiphase compressor was to accelerate production and increase recovery rates in subsea gas fields.

The Gullfaks field, operated by Statoil, located in the North Sea, has seen the first commercial deployment in the world for subsea wet gas compression. Currently, the recovery rate for Gullfaks is at 62%, however, Statoil foresees that the recovery rate will increase to 74%, or by 22 million barrels of oil equivalent, by using the Multiphase Compression System. The Gullfaks Multiphase Compression Station is installed approximately 15 km away from the Gullfaks C platform, and the system was successfully commissioned in October 2015.

Read more about OneSubsea

The descriptions of the technologies are based on submissions from the companies concerned. ONS accepts no responsibilities for possible errors.