RFID Technology for Deepwater Drilling and Completions Challenges

Topics: Completions Drilling Drilling operations
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Deepwater operators continually face technical and environmental challenges to drilling and completing wells safely and efficiently. To address these challenges, the industry has used radio-frequency-identification (RFID) technology to reduce risk, rig time, and nonproductive time and to perform operations that traditional tools cannot. This paper describes criteria for selecting RFID-enabled tools rather than traditional tools, integration of RFID tools with operations, and value-added features enabled by RFID. The complete paper also presents contingency, safety, and risk-assessment factors and case studies.

RFID Background

RFID is a method of communication using radio-frequency electromagnetic fields. Information is stored within RFID tags and is transferred to a reader when the two are close to each other. There are two types of tags: active tags, which contain their own energy source, and passive tags, which are energized by the reader as they pass by. A typical passive tag used in the tools described in this paper is shown in Fig. 1. This tag contains a transponder circuit and an antenna that receives signals from the reader. The transponder is programmed with a unique identification number and instructions for the reader.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 181012, “Leveraging RFID Technology for Deepwater Drilling and Completions Challenges,” by Euan Murdoch, SPE, Eddie Valverde, SPE, Rupa Sharma, Crystal Wreden, SPE, Alex Goodwin, and Jonathan Osei-Kuffour, Weatherford, and Kyle Kimmitt, Cornelis Loonstra, Babak Ghaempanah, and Deandre Reagins, Shell, prepared for the 2016 SPE Intelligent Energy International Conference and Exhibition, Aberdeen, 6–8 September. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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RFID Technology for Deepwater Drilling and Completions Challenges

01 April 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 4