Schlumberger Introduces StrataBlade Concave Diamond Element Bit | SLB

Schlumberger Introduces StrataBlade Concave Diamond Element Bit

Published: 10/28/2020

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HOUSTON, October 28, 2020—Smith Bits, a Schlumberger company, introduced today the StrataBlade* concave diamond element bit that improves the rate of penetration (ROP) in a wide range of rock types, while withstanding impact damage often associated with drilling interbedded formations.

“The StrataBlade bit is the latest addition to our three-dimensional cutting elements portfolio, which expands our holistic drilling solutions offering and enables operators to enhance overall drilling performance in challenging formations,” said Jesus Lamas, president, Well Construction, Schlumberger. “With the introduction of this new technology operators can improve ROP, increase overall drilling efficiency and reduce well construction costs.”

The StrataBlade bit incorporates new geometry Strata* concave diamond elements across the bit face, which increases cutting efficiency and results in higher instantaneous ROP with the same operating parameters. In deep lateral wells where weight transfer to the bit is a challenge, the StrataBlade bit drills with higher ROP when compared with traditional PDC bits with flat cutters. Improved cutting efficiency also means a better torque response at the bit for conformance to directional plans.

The StrataBlade bit has undergone field testing in North America, specifically in the Haynesville Shale and the Appalachian Basin. In the East Texas Travis Peak and Cotton Valley formations, the StrataBlade bit enabled an operator to eliminate two bit runs while drilling to 10,000-ft measured depth with an average ROP increase of 28% compared to direct offset wells. In the Marcellus Formation in northeastern Pennsylvania, the StrataBlade bit drilled an 8 ¾-in section with a measured depth of 3,149 ft in under 12 drilling hours. The operator achieved an on-bottom ROP of 264 ft/h, resulting in a 15% improvement compared with average offset runs with other PDC bits.

For more information about the StrataBlade concave diamond element bit, introduced at the Schlumberger Online Conference, visit

About Schlumberger

Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology and digital solutions for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the energy industry. With product sales and services in more than 120 countries and employing approximately 82,000 people as of the end of third quarter of 2020 who represent over 170 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry's most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production, and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions that optimize hydrocarbon recovery to deliver reservoir performance sustainably.

Schlumberger Limited has executive offices in Paris, Houston, London, and The Hague, and reported revenues of $32.92 billion in 2019. For more information, visit

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For further information, contact:

Moira Duff
Corporate Communication Manager
Schlumberger Limited
Office: +1 (713) 375-3494

The StrataBlade concave diamond element bit improves the rate of penetration (ROP) in a wide range of rock types.
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