Halliburton plans two new cementing unit designs


DALLAS, TEX.�Two new Halliburton Co. onshore cementing pumping unit designs will feature updated technology and safety features.

The company told the Society of Petroleum Engineers' annual meeting on Monday that more than 60 of the new units will be manufactured and deployed throughout North American markets over the next year.

The large Elite trailer system features a computer-based controller that enables easier management of data and job quality at the well site. It has improved safety features, including pull-down steps with handrails, enclosed mixing tanks to contain dust, and more working space for the operator. It also has twin pumps with increased horsepower for high-pressure pumping.

The smaller truck body-load Precision unit features a hydraulically powered hose reel designed for quicker connections and disconnections at the well site.

Its single pump is designed "for the smaller jobs that make up 70% of that market," said Halliburton officials. The unit's tandem axles improve its mobility through mud and snow, they reported.

The units also comply with California emission standards for diesel engines, company officials said.

"This is the first time we have come out with two new pieces of equipment that can revolutionize what we do on land," said Paul Brown, leader of the Halliburton team that developed the new pumping units. In designing the new units, he said, "We started with a clean sheet of paper and talked to our customers."

The worldwide oilfield cementing market is expected to total $2 billion this year, up from $1.5 billion in 1999.

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