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BHGE Launches Advanced Fluid Analysis and Sampling While Drilling Service

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BHGE Launches Advanced Fluid Analysis and Sampling While Drilling Service

October 30, 2017

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  • FASTrak Prism service provides a clearer picture of the reservoir in real time to improve efficiency and enable better asset development decisions.

HOUSTON and LONDON—October 30, 2017—Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE:BHGE) announced today the introduction of its FASTrak™  Prism fluid analysis and sampling while drilling service. The service uses advanced sensors and proven technology to collect and deliver reliable, industry-leading volumes of high-quality fluid samples and comprehensive, real-time reservoir characterization. These samples provide valuable insight into the reservoir to help operators improve efficiencies and make more informed decisions around their overall well completion and production strategy. 

“We developed the FASTrak Prism service to address the industry’s need for a better, more accurate understanding of the subsurface while drilling in complex environments,” said Herman Nieuwoudt, Logging While Drilling Product Line Director. “The growing need for cost-efficient reservoir fluid characterization solutions for challenging, highly-deviated and extended-reach wells underscores the need to collect accurate, real-time information so operators can evaluate their reserves and make better asset development decisions, as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Unlike conventional services that can require additional post-drilling runs to collect samples, the FastTrak Prism service’s industry-leading capacity—16 discrete single-phase samples per run, and up to 13.4 liters of total fluid volume—provides operators with the representative fluids required for their strategic development and appraisal decisions in one drilling run, resulting in significant rig time and cost savings. Further, the FASTrak platform of sampling services has an extensive track record with hundreds of samples collected worldwide.

Continual measurement and analysis of pumped fluid during sampling operations makes it possible to easily and accurately monitor contamination and fluid properties before capturing the fluid sample. The FASTrak Prism service’s fluid chambers feature proprietary sample capture technology enabling it to achieve an enviable record of acquiring high volumes of high-quality samples with minimal contamination.

Multichannel spectrometry extends the accuracy and reliability of the service, allowing customers to clearly distinguish between fluid types and improve their understanding of fluid properties, especially in complex flow conditions.

On a recent offshore project in Australia, the FASTrak Prism service captured a total of 26 samples—12 in the first well and 14 in the second—with a total sample volume of over 20 liters in the two runs—setting a global record for fluid sampling while drilling. Additionally, in a recent offshore project in Africa, the FASTrak Prism service met the operator’s fluid evaluation objectives, saved two days of rig time, and contributed to an efficient well completion, resulting in production that exceeded the target by more than 30%.

About Baker Hughes, a GE company

Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE) is the world’s first and only fullstream provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions. We deploy minds and machines to enhance customer productivity, safety and environmental stewardship, while minimizing costs and risks at every step of the energy value chain. With operations in over 120 countries, we infuse over a century of experience with the spirit of a startup—inventing smarter ways to bring energy to the world.


Source: Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE)

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