Saudi Aramco orders coiled-tubing drilling systems

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 25
-- Saudi Aramco awarded Baker Hughes Inc. a 2-year contract for two fit-for-purpose coiled-tubing drilling rigs for reentering existing wells and drilling horizontal laterals into untapped reservoir sections of southern Saudi Arabia gas fields.

Saudi Aramco plans to drill the laterals underbalanced to minimize formation damage.

Baker Hughes will provide project management oversight and downhole drilling and completion services, including its CoilTrak steerable drilling system deployed on coiled tubing.

The drilling will also use Baker Hughes's newly developed rib-steering motor, designed for coiled-tubing applications.

The contract has an option for a 1-year extension, with drilling expected to start in the second quarter.

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