Industry Article: Enhanced RSS Technology Pushes Drilling Envelope

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Publication: Journal of Petroleum Technology
Publication Date: 03/01/2014

Increasing technical demands are pushing the envelope of rotary steerable system (RSS) drilling technology. Schlumberger’s PowerDrive Orbit enhanced RSS expands the ability to complete multiple functions in one run, tolerating higher revolutions per minute while maintaining good trajectory control, minimizing tortuosity, and accommodating challenging hydraulic designs and muds formulated for more aggressive drilling. The new pad actuation system tolerates the most difficult drilling conditions. The system has successful runs globally, including the Middle East, the US, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, China and the North Sea.

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