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Yahsat signs MoU with Mubadala Petroleum

yahsat mubadalaAl Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat), the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider, has signed a MoU with Mubadala Petroleum, a move that is set to see the companies explore the provision of satellite services to support connectivity across Mubadala Petroleum’s operated assets in southeast Asia

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Expro deploys Octopoda annulus intervention system in Colombia

Expro well interventionGlobal provider of energy services Expro has successfully deployed its Octopoda annulus intervention system to restore annulus pressure integrity and return a well to production in Piedemonte region, Colombia

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AVEVA introduces upgraded design and process simulation tools

oil refinery plantGlobal industrial software provider AVEVA has announced three add-ons to AVEVA E3D Design – infusing AI capabilities into the industry’s most advanced engineering design software which maximises efficiency through cloud collaboration

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Microsoft highlights ongoing commitment to sustainability at ADIPEC 2021

Microsoft pipelineMicrosoft has presented a range of its technological advances in energy consumption to delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2021, with a view to empowering the regional sector to pursue a net-zero future

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Halliburton introduces iCruise X Intelligent Rotary Steerable service

Halliburton 18 11Halliburton Company has released iCruise X Intelligent Rotary Steerable System, the next generation of the drilling platform targeted to longer, harsher applications to deliver precise well placement and reduced well time


The iCruise X is equipped with an advanced steering head fit for greater durability in operations with variable fluid conditions and in fluids with high solids content. It delivers in high temperature environments and provides more power for steering. Halliburton designed the iCruise X steering section with the latest metallurgy and design techniques. The collar includes new connections to better resist torsional oscillation and cyclical bending at higher doglegs. The extra force available for steering delivers geologically complex wells and curves faster and provides a stiffer assembly for straight well sections.

“We are excited to release iCruise X that extends the operating limits of traditional rotary steerable systems, so operators have the durability to deliver accurate, smooth 3D wells, and laterals faster in harsh drilling applications,” said Rami Yassine, vice-president of Sperry Drilling.

The intelligent rotary steerable system includes advanced electronics, sophisticated algorithms, multiple sensors and survey packages, and high-speed processors to support drilling automation. Through LOGIX autonomous drilling platform, iCruise X automatically drills the well in real-time, to provide operators with faster, consistent, and repeatable drilling performance.

A large operator in the Middle East ran iCruise X to drill a curve section in a tough and abrasive formation. The system drilled the curve section in one run and beat the record for the basin by 30% saving the operator valuable well time.

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