Two new finalists for ONS Innovation Awards

Robotic Drilling Systems and Interwell P&A appointed as finalists for The Innovation Awards.

Robotic Drilling Systems is nominated for the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Innovation Award for their technology Robotic drill floor system, while Interwell P&A is nominated for the Innovation Award for developing the Superior P&A Solution. Interwell P&A will be exhibiting at ONS 2016 in Hall 8, stand 850.

Read more about Robotic Drilling Systems and Interwell P&A, 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
More 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 ONS Innovation Awards
Through the Innovation Awards we recognize 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).

See previous winners

The finalists

Robotic Drilling Systems
Technology: Robotic drill floor system
Robotic Drilling Systems AS (RDS) has developed a game changing electric drill-floor solution consisting of robotic technology for fully unmanned drill floor operations. The system handles all sizes of pipe and tools and the technology can be applied both on pipe-deck and drill-floor on all drilling structures (new builds and retrofit) for both land and offshore installations.

The robotic control system ensures seamless, fast and precise work operations between the electric drill floor machines. The benefits are faster drilling operations, high safety level due to unmanned operations, and lower installation, maintenance and operation costs.

The robotic drill floor system consists of the following machines, that are all highly innovative and that can also be used as stand-alone machines: – Drill floor robot (New product in the global market. The world’s strongest electric manipulator arm. Replaces manual handling operations) – Robotic Pipe handler (The world’s first electric pipe handler. Capability for spinning pipe in and out. Integrated horizontal-to-vertical pipe operation) – Electric Roughneck (The world’s first electric roughneck. Full control of all parameters including torque of up to 270 kNm) – Multi-size Elevator (Can handle up to three different sizes of pipe / casing for elimination of manual insert shift operation).

RDS technical partner and largest shareholder is drilling contractor Odfjell Drilling. The development has been supported by Statoil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, The Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway.

Interwell P&A
Technology: Superior P&A Solution
Over the next decade, there will be a significant amount of wells requiring plug and abandonment. As P&A has no value creation for operators, it is important that these operations be conducted as efficiently as possible. Currently, operations are mainly completed using conventional methods, but for P&A to be economically sustainable in the future there is a great need for new technology and methods. In addition, regulators play a part in achieving operations that are more effective by tailoring requirements and guidelines.

The ultimate goal for any P&A project would be to minimize time and cost spent on operations. For platform P&A, the goal is to perform offline operations, eliminating the use of a derrick, coil tubing, or pumping unit. For subsea abandonment, there is great potential to move operations away from the traditionally used semi-submersibles over to smaller and significantly cheaper, light well intervention vessels.

The new solution from Interwell P&A is a completely rigless approach to well abandonment, resulting in no need to remove tubing prior to P&A operations, and no need for drillpipe while placing primary or secondary barriers. The P&A solution is designed and optimized to be conveyed on E-line, meaning in most situations operations will be able to perform reservoir abandonment without the use of a derrick, coil tubing or pumping unit, and it requires no cement. The goal is to restore a reservoir barrier with properties similar to the original cap-rock, reinstating impermeable formation properties in the well-cross section, from formation to formation.

The technology is qualified as a stand-alone, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution, with the potential to reduce time spent on P&A operations by 50%. The project is funded through our JIP partners, Statoil and BP, and The Research Council of Norway, and the budget for next 18 months is NOK 68 million. The method is patented in Norway/EU as of May 18th 2016.

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