Weatherford, Safe Influx partner to offer new well integrity solution

Oilfield service company Weatherford International has joined forces with Scotland-based automated well control technology provider Safe Influx with an aim to revolutionising well integrity during the construction sage.

In this regard, the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Under the MoU, Weatherford and Safe Influx will cooperate across the world to launch the first ever integration of managed pressure drilling (MPD) solutions and automated well control technology.

Kevin Fisher – Weatherford Managed Pressure Drilling Vice President said: “This unprecedented collaboration will leverage digitalization and automation to enable operators to achieve more from their projects in the safest way possible, while having the confidence their wells will be drilled and constructed with the highest level of integrity available in the market today.”

The MoU will enable Safe Influx to combine its automated well control technology with Weatherford’s portfolio of managed pressure drilling products and services.

The automated well control technology from the Scottish firm is said to be designed for detecting an influx, take control of the rig equipment and shut-in the well during the drilling process.

Weatherford said that the new integrated offering will result in the automation of the mitigation of drilling hazards, while increasing the efficiency of drilling.

The partnership is expected to lead to market-expansion opportunities, enabling the two companies to grow their capabilities and resources.

Bryan Atchison – Co-founder and Managing Director of Safe Influx said: “Safe Influx Automated Well Control technology has a revolutionary role in the Managed Pressure and conventional drilling markets by dramatically reducing our industry’s exposure to human factors.”

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