New mud pump increases capacity, minimizes vibration

As oil and gas fields mature, operators must drill wells with large offsets, long laterals, and extended reach applications using rotary steerable systems, mud motors, and bottomhole assemblies that require higher mud pump pressures and flow rates.To meet this demand, drilling contractors are building and renovating rigs with increased mud pumping capacity, giving drilling engineers greater flexibility with bottomhole assemblies, without having to carefully budget around hydraulic system limitations. The LeTourneau Ellis Williams Co. Inc. (LEWCO) W-3000 mud pump, which the company says is the world's largest, undergoes testing at the Houston test facility. The facility can test mud p...

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