DEA-156 – Smart Shuttle

DEA Project Summary

“Smart Shuttle”

DEA Project Number: 156
Date Submitted: June 08 2004
Technical Area: ExplorationProduction
Sponsor: ENI Norway , Domenico Di Renzo ( and DEMO 2000 (program director, Morten Wienke)
Title: Smart Shuttle
Submitted by: Triangle Technology As, Fabrikkveien 9, N-4033 Stavanger Norway
Principal Investigator(s): Bengt Gunnarsson – Jan Gorgas – Jim Chitwood Damir Skerl – Vail Banning
Business Impact: The Smart Shuttle will enable drilling long reach wells (up to 30km) and do future well services in these wells. Will significantly reduce number of platforms on offshore developments, and secure more optimal placement of wells / reservoir drainage. Will also reduce subsea tiebacs. Shuttle will significantly reduce total drilling time. Shuttle will lower total risk in drilling operations In wells service operations, the Shuttle will as a “well tractor” have significantly more pull/push forces, and run in/out of the well in speeds up to 12ft/sec.
Technical Objectives: 1 Principal Objective Overall objective is to develop a novel drilling technology that is key to some of the main challenges seen on the Norwegian and International continental shelf. Special focus will be put on. • Thru tubing drilling • Low cost exploration drilling • Long reach drilling • High speed /and high power well tractor Triangle Technology AS has formed an alliance with the Houston based company Smart Drilling and Completion (SDCI). SDCI holds several patents for the concepts related to “Smart Shuttle®” which is the core technology for the above mentioned Drilling and Completion tasks. The Smart Shuttle® is electric driven, and assisted by hydraulic manipulation. The Smart Shuttle® is based on “standard” PCP/ESP technology, and will be qualified at Rogaland Test center Qualifying the Smart Shuttle® will on short term make it available as a High speed and High power well tractor. Qualifying the Smart Shuttle® for Drilling operations will be phase 2 of the project. It should be noted that available drilling equipment like MWD/LWD, rotating steerable systems, tractor drive BHA (ref Anaconda) etc. are equipment that will be used in conjunction with the Smart Shuttle® drilling system. In short; • The Smart Shuttle® concept is an electric drilling and well service machine, avoiding pipe rotation above the shuttle. • Taking fluid return up through the composite pipe / umbilical (i.e. reverse circulation). • Using hydraulic forces to assist transport and operations (like TFL, used on Snorre) • Use industry proven drilling and well service equipment to perform tasks In addition to qualify the Smart Shuttle® at Rogaland test site, several pre-engineering and field application studies will be done as part of the project. Detailed description of the shuttle and its operation is included in appendix 10. Demonstrating the concept as a pilot will be done in several steps. First application is foreseen to be in a well service mode, running the Smart Shuttle® on a high power electric line. Operations could be scale milling, setting straddle packs, plugs and so on. One or more of these operations will be tested in phase 1 at the Rogaland test site, depending of Oil companies / sponsors preferences. Next step, the drilling mode tests will be in phase 2, for which funding will be applied for in 2006 depending upon successful testing in phase 1. Alliance partners / advisers in the project period will be Odfjell Drilling AS for drilling issues, and Maritime Well Service for applications related to high speed/high power tractor services. A complete project proposal is available on request.
Methodology: The Smart Shuttle will be tested and qualified at the Rogaland test centre in Norway.
Deliverables: This JIP is only related to Phase 1, but includes developing recommendations for Phase 2 and 3. The Phase 1 work should have the following deliverables: • To engineer, build and prove the shuttle concept • To verify the shuttle concept at Rogaland test center • Perform a concept engineering study to identify important interfaces • Define different business opportunities for the Smart Shuttle® / drilling machine, including Capex/Opex for future operations • Get feedback, status and lessons learned from similar projects (ref Anaconda) • Prepare a listing of all possible project killers and a strategy to manage these potential killers. • Prepare a list of possible vendors/contractors for different type of equipment that could be applicable for these systems. • Prepare a summary report highlighting the key success factors and challenges as well as a detailed proposal for the next phases
Startup Date: August/September 2004
Project Duration: 18 month
Project Cost: 1mill usd
Cost per Participant: 150,000 usd (could be less depending of number of participants)
Comments: As earlier mentioned, ENI Norway and DEMO 2000 has agreed to sponsor the project. The project are also being considerd as a project by OG21 ( (Contact person Stu Keller, ExxonMobil Houston))