A new rotating mousehole tool allows makeup and breakout of drillstring sections without interruption of normal drilling to improve drilling efficiency on top-drive rigs, according to tool developer International Tool Co. Inc. During kelly drilling, the tool can be used as a normal mousehole. The toot is called the Phantom Mouse because it sits below the rig floor and can be covered when not in use (Fig. 1). The tool has been field-tested for more than a year on Global Marine Drilling Co.'s top drive jack up, Adriatic IV. The rig crew can use the rotating mousehole to makeup and set back stands of dr...

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