Directional Drilling Optimization - Extended Reach Drilling | Schlumberger

Directional Drilling Services

Reach and stay in the productive zone faster and more efficiently

Schlumberger provides the expert directional drilling services needed for high-quality wellbores that stay in the “sweet spot”—your optimal production zone. Our proven trajectory control technologies provide precise directional control using our LWD and MWD services that deliver high-quality data, enabling time-critical decisions, for accurate drilling of extended-reach horizontal and complex directional wells.

Our technologies

We have unmatched capabilities that integrate well construction digitization and technologies such as at-bit steerable systems and definitive dynamic surveying; we invented the rotary steerable system, and we now lead the industry with groundbreaking autonomous directional drilling. Additionally, we closely collaborate with directional drillers and directional-drilling contractors using real-time analysis solutions to monitor downhole conditions, manage BHA dynamics, improve casing-point selection, and reduce drilling risks—all enhancing drilling optimization.

How we do it

Our advanced BHA instruments can measure the path of the wellbore in three-dimensional space, mapping volumetric data on a reservoir scale; see up to 100 ft ahead of our innovative drill bits; make geosteering adjustments autonomously; and provide data links to communicate these downhole measurements to the surface. And it all enables the directional driller to optimize the wellbore path with pinpoint accuracy no matter the reservoir, no matter how complex the well, no matter how long the lateral. Read this case study demonstrating how Schlumberger’s directional drilling capabilities extend your reach for better well economics.

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Raul Suarez is our directional drilling expert. Learn how our capabilities, technologies, and systems can help you drill to TD in less time while staying in your optimal production zone.
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Autonomous Directional Drilling

Autonomous directional drilling unites all the technology, backed by all the engineering and domain expertise that Schlumberger has amassed for a century.

At-Bit Steerable Systems

Integrated steering and cutting structure technology for unprecedented DLS capability, durability, and ROP.

Rotary Steerable Systems

RSS offerings for maximum directional control.

PowerDrive rotary steerable systems

PowerDrive RSSs take on every drilling application, from conventional to ultraHT and verticals to ultraERD. Full rotational capability, onboard power generation, measurements close to the bit, and nine different service options provide fast and robust tools to power up positive well outcomes, so you hit your target, drill cost effectively, and reduce NPT.

With the most experience on the market, the PowerDrive RSS family has drilled over 320 million feet.

Minimize the expense of each barrel produced

Full rotation means PowerDrive RSSs drill faster and pull out of hole faster, reducing time to production. They are engineered for rugged endurance in harsh applications and combine reliable measurements and fast downlink configurations with nimble steering options. That means the PowerDrive RSS family delivers well placement so precise that drillers can thread the needle, even in those narrow sweet spots. The result is an easy-to-complete wellbore that minimizes construction time and expense within the pay zone.

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PowerDrive Orbit G2

Rotary steerable system

Leverage increased abrasion resistance, higher DLS for tighter curves, and better directional control while lowering emissions.

PowerDrive Xcel

Rotary steerable system

Maintain tight directional control through the magnetic zone of exclusion and monitor stick/slip, shock, and vibration.

PowerDrive vorteX Max

High-powered rotary steerable system

This high-powered system is the only fully rotating RSS that delivers higher ROP with more power, improved downhole reaction, and tighter directional control.

PowerDrive Archer

High build rate rotary steerable system

Drill complex curves and trajectories and sidetrack without making an extra trip.

PowerDrive ICE

UltraHT rotary steerable system

Improve performance in ultraHT wells with a fully rotating RSS that operates normally at 200 degC [392 degF].

PowerV

Vertical drilling rotary steerable system

Actively and automatically maintain verticality from surface to TD through automatic inclination control.

Drilling Optimization Services

Real-time analysis solutions.

OptiWell

Well construction performance service

Monitor and analyze processes and downhole conditions in real time.

OptiDrill

Real-time drilling intelligence service

Manage downhole conditions and BHA dynamics while drilling using actionable, integrated data displayed on a rigsite dashboard.

HFTO Suppressor dampening tool

Absorb and reduce high-frequency torsional vibration

The dampening tool minimizes risk of BHA tool failure and enables PDC cutters to stay sharp for faster drilling.

Shock Sub

Impact and vibration reduction tool

Reduce impact loads produced during milling and drilling operations, increase ROP, and extend equipment life.

Drilling Motors

Motors that enhance torque output and directional control.

We offer a large variety of fit-for-purpose positive displacement motors for high-volume and high-tier applications. These motors not only provide improved reliability for extended run intervals, they may also be paired with DynaForce DTX thin-wall motor power sections and DynaPower motors elastomers to deliver performance in the harshest drilling environments.

Additionally, combining our high-performance drilling motors with the ability to model application- or basin-specific motors means we can provide unique solutions to satisfy any customer need.

A rendering of a drilling BHA with bit and drilling motor moving through a rock formation

DynaForce

High-performance drilling motor

Increase torque output in high-volume drilling.

PowerPak

Steerable motors

Meet the demanding criteria of directional drilling and other applications with innovative motor technology.

Turbodrills

Neyrfor turbodrilling systems that increase rpm.

Neyrfor Turbodrills

High-power turbodrilling efficiency

Maintain optimal power while on bottom and extend run time.

Neyrfor TTT Thru-Tubing Turbodrill

Slimhole system that withstands harsh conditions

Efficiently convert hydraulic energy into mechanical energy for improved ROP and efficiency.

Drilling Software

Advisory services and technologies that increase automation and efficiency.

Slider

Automated surface rotation control system

Increase downhole motor and MWD directional system efficiency and enable automated torque control while sliding.

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