ExxonMobil, Hunting partner on autonomous tools

OE Staff
Monday, January 18, 2016

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. has signed a joint development agreement with Hunting Energy Services’ Titan division to develop new autonomous tools technology focused on well construction and intervention efficiency.  

The two Houston-based companies said they expect to produce the first commercial autonomous tools in a few years with initial tools focused on perforating and pipe cutting devices.  

The agreement brings together Hunting Titan division’s equipment manufacturing capabilities and expertise in tool development, energetics and safety systems and ExxonMobil’s autonomous tools technology and expertise in a unique on-board navigation system.

“Cooperation with ExxonMobil in this effort exemplifies technology breakthroughs so necessary to lower cost, improve production and share skill sets within our respective companies," said Jim Johnson, chief operating officer at Hunting.

Autonomous tools eliminate the need for communication or physical connection of tools back to the surface using a proprietary on-board navigation system.  Once the devices reach the target depth, the tools then perform designated actions. The tools are designed to reduce the time required to perform multiple operations during drilling, completion, workover and abandonment activities. 

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the technology has the potential to provide reduced costs, improved equipment utilization and simplification of logistics for remote locations.  

Categories: Automation Equipment Activity Production Technology Hardware Design Drilling Hardware Safety & Security Drilling Engineering Completions

Related Stories

Petrofac Extends Rental Equipment Contract with EnerMech

Norway: Aibel Bags $560M Worth of Contracts with Equinor, Partners

Offshore Energy Tech Firm Ashtead Technology Goes Public

Current News

Lottery System to Decide Who Wins Rights to Giant Danish Offshore Wind Farm

Lebanon Re-launches Second Offshore Oil and Gas Round

Thai Oil Firm PTT Expands Pharma Business with $475M Alvogen Deal

U.S. Interior Department Set to Release Federal Oil Leasing Review

Subscribe for OE Digital E‑News