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Deepwater: The Big New Horizon
Magnetic Drive System
Automated MPD Riser System
Weatherford launched its automat- its and manage the annular pressure
Upwing ed managed pressure drilling (MPD) pro? le accordingly.
Upwing Energy, a Calentix Tech- riser system. Billed as Industry 4.0, Its automated MPD riser system nologies spinoff created with backing the system combines with arti? cial features a robotic arm that can con- from Equinor Technology Ventures, intelligence, condition-based mainte- nect a single subsea control umbilical has developed a Magnetic Drive Sys- nance and additional sensors to help and ? owlines in a matter of 20 min- tem (MDS) aiming to transform the speed up operations. utes or less.
century-old topology for electric sub-
MPD provides an active approach According to Weatherford, it’s the mersible pumps (ESP). to well control that can be used to industry’s ? rst hands-free ? ow spool
The Upwing MDS leverages the optimize the performance of drilling for all weather conditions and harsh characteristics of permanent magnet operations in any well. environments, so no personnel must (PM) motors in terms of higher ef-
By using a closed-loop system to work over the moonpool to make the ? ciency and power density. The PM determine the downhole pressure lim- connection, and the need for remotely motor is used as a magnetic coupling. operated underwater vehicles (ROV)
The stationary part, the motor stator, is is also reduced or eliminated.
integrated within the completion of the
It is expected to see its ? rst deploy- well, where it is hermetically sealed to- ment in the Caspian in the second half gether with all other electrical compo- of 2019.
nents, including the least reliable com- ponents: connectors and cables. The
Weatherford launched its automated motor rotor is part of the retractable managed pressure drilling (MPD) riser component and deployed via slickline system. Pictured is the ? ow spool.
together with all the other mechanical
Source: Jennifer Pallanich rotating components like the axial bear- ing and pump section. This approach
Monitoring the Health of Subsea Systems provides complete wellbore access and eliminates any vulnerable electrical or
Jupiter AIM: Asset Integrity Monitor mechanical connections.
The new topology offers reliability
The recent drive for permanently through hermetically sealed electrical deployed remotely operated underwa- components, which are isolated from ter vehicles (ROV) highlights the need the production ? uids, and quick re- for monitoring their operational state. trievability via slick line of the rotating
Jupiter AIM provides inputs for up components. It also eliminates the ESP to 10 x 3 Axis 2g/8g accelerometers protector and its associated seals, pres- to continually monitor the physical sure compensation, dielectric ? uids health of subsea systems.
and other auxiliary components.
Vibration data is digitized at 12kHz
Source: Zetechtics and displayed at the surface in the differing combinations of present or time or frequency domains. Data is historic data on a client server basis.
stored in a secure Structured Query
Jupiter AIM also interfaces to the
Language (SQL) database for later Jupiter ICM ? uid contamination sen- display or analysis and can be shown sor to add hydraulic status data to the with current data for comparison.
record. Other sensors, including pres-
Users can set alarm conditions for sure, temperature and strain may also each channel in the time or frequency be integrated with the system.
domain and create alerts if any limits
Jupiter AIM operates from 24V, are exceeded. Acoustic feedback from 15W DC, is a compact 4,000-meter
Source: Upwing Energy
Upwing Energy’s MDS, with any sensor is also available via the PC rated titanium housing, and connects hermetically sealed electrical audio channels. Jupiter AIM can sup- to a conventional PC or laptop at the components outside of the tubing. port multiple surface PCs visualizing surface via Ethernet.
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