Remote-controlled operations to benefit drilling industry

The ability to build and rack back stands of pipe became a reality in the late 1990s as programmable logic circuit controls allowed the piperacking system, pipehandling system, iron roughneck, and auxiliary mousehole to work together. Photo courtesy of Varco International Inc. and Transocean Sedco Forest Inc.Click here to enlarge imageDrilling contractors expect to drastically reduce cycle times as operators gain experience handling the automated drilling equipment installed during the current deepwater construction cycle. By yearend 2001, 29 new or refurbished semisubmersibles and 16 drillships will have been added to the deepwater fleet, many of which have advanced pipehandling system...

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