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Baker Hughes motor targets horizontal drilling challenges

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Baker Hughes has launched the Navi-Drill™ Ultra™ Curve drilling motor, which drills high-build curves with precise directional control in horizontal shale plays.

Featuring reduced bit-to-bend length and improved toolface control, the Ultra Curve motor completes the vertical, curve, and lateral in one run, exposing more of the reservoir and increasing well efficiency and productivity.

The steerable motor has a smaller adjustable kickoff angle requirement, which can provide higher and more consistent build-up rates in the curve section and better rotation through higher dogleg severities. It also delivers improved directional steering control through the lateral section and enhanced hole cleaning in the vertical section.

The Ultra Curve motor extends footage and rates of penetration in the vertical sections and improves the performance and directional consistency in the build section of wells, enabling precise wellbore placement and improving overall drilling performance and reducing well costs.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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