A major operator has signed a four-year contract with Enhanced Drilling for the Riserless Mud Recovery (RMR) and Cuttings Transportation Systems (CTS) for use on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
Since it was first deployed operationally in 2003, RMR has been successfully used on more than 220 wells. It will be used at a water depth of 890 m on this project, making it the deepest RMR job to date on the NCS.
RMR returns mud and cuttings to the rig before the drilling riser is run, without any discharge to the seabed. This means engineered, weighted drilling fluid can be used in the top-hole section. RMR enables this vital section of a well to be drilled more safely, quickly and with less environmental impact. CTS, meanwhile, enables operators to take cuttings, cement, mud, clay and other deposits away from the well area, keeping templates debris-free.
“Although we have provided both RMR and CTS for this customer before on the NCS, this latest contract for the deepest RMR project to date in the area is a great testament to the technology, skills and knowledge that Enhanced Drilling possesses,” Enhanced Drilling’s Vice President for Europe Svein Egil Steen said.
The four-year contract, which includes multi-year extension options, was effective from late November 2014 and will run until 2018.