Custom designed single-cone bit works for well off Albania

Recent experience in an Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy) well off Albania shows how custom design and manufacturing of bits allow drillers can optimize each application.RBI-Gearhart, Fort Worth, Tex., provided the single-cone bit for the Shpiragu-1 well. Gearhart says that while a robust design and stringent manufacturing technique can deliver rock bits with excellent performance and durability, finding the right combination of design features and matching them with the formation to be drilled, the mud program, and well plan can be problematic because each well is different.RBI-Gearhart designed the bit with Oxy and Novatek Inc., Provo, Utah, the PDC cutter manufacturer, within a 5-day ti...

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