Innovation Generates Norwegian Growth

23rd February 2016

Churchill Drilling Tools is enjoying significant growth in the Norwegian market. The company that is known throughout the industry as the dart-activation specialists has been experiencing significant export growth for some time, with the most recent success coming from Norway.

This regional growth has been generated through an expansion of the company’s technical capabilities including a recent upgrade of its circulation tool and additional investment in support staff.

The new features in the 2016 version of the DAV MX™ circulation sub are providing Norwegian operators access to significant performance and productivity gains. In addition, multiple wells in the area are now also insured against sticking with Churchill’s HyPR HoleSaver™, a valuable protection against the cost overruns associated with stuck pipe. These enhanced product capabilities are providing a significant regional boost for Churchill with a number of successful new technology applications.

One application highlight is the Ultra Series Dart (USD), which has enabled Norwegian operators to activate faster while pushing the standard differential pressure operating envelope by up to 50%. The addition of the Emergency Shut-Off Dart (ESD) in the upgrade has also provided operators with a unique way to mitigate risk when they find themselves pushed outside the operating envelope due to challenging well conditions. The USD and the ESD have enabled operators to go beyond what is conventional in the knowledge that they can recover the situation quickly and without any extra trips.

Another highlight is the company’s delivery of its first sequential DAV MX™ configuration for both multi-position and multi-cycle hole cleaning and displacement bypass in a single string. In addition to the sequential complexity and compatibility, the valve systems also sustained activation angles of up to 82 degrees in sections of over 4,000 feet.

Director, Mike Churchill, said: “We are pleased with our recent success in Norway. It is apparent that Norwegian operators are keen to improve performance by using new technology to overcome technical and cost challenges. We are glad we are able to make a contribution. The recent application successes in Norway is a testament to the performance and reliability of the new technologies Churchill will be continuing to roll out globally in 2016."