Automated Pipe Handling System Suitable for Retrofitting Servicing Rigs in China
International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Engineering
Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages: 10-16
Received: Oct. 17, 2019; Accepted: Nov. 13, 2019; Published: Jan. 13, 2020
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Fang Tai’an, CNPC Engineering Technology R&D Company Ltd., Beijing, China;National Engineering Laboratory for Oil and Gas Drilling Technology, Beijing, China
Zhou Zhixiong, CNPC Engineering Technology R&D Company Ltd., Beijing, China;National Engineering Laboratory for Oil and Gas Drilling Technology, Beijing, China
Wu Changliang, CNPC Engineering Technology R&D Company Ltd., Beijing, China
Lv Juan, CNPC Engineering Technology R&D Company Ltd., Beijing, China
Zuo Weidong, CNPC Engineering Technology R&D Company Ltd., Beijing, China
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With the development of automated drilling technology, various automated pipe handling devices are constantly being introduced. It is an inevitable trend to apply these equipment on new drilling rigs, while it is also an important work to apply these new technologies and equipment to a large number of servicing rigs. At present, most of the existing drilling rigs in China do not have automatic pipe handling system. It is urgent to carry out automation retrofitting due to the poor field working environment, hard labor, poor safety and low efficiency. In the paper, the current status of the automated pipe handling system is firstly introduced, and the advantages and disadvantages of these automated pipe handling systems are expounded. Then the comparative analysis of applicability, complexity and the retrofitting cost of the automated pipe picked-up and laid-down drilling floor device, pipe handling device on racking board and the offline stand building device in both domestic and foreign are made. Finally, the suitable types of automated pipe handling system can be used to retrofit servicing rigs in China are pointed out. Cameron's automatic up-and-down rig device, Weatherford's racking board automatic pipe handling system and National Drilling Company's offline stand building system are most suitable for the automation retrofitting of servicing rigs. The results show that, these automated pipe handling systems can not only reduce the labor of field operators, improve pipe handling efficiency, reduce the retrofitting workload of servicing rig, but also save retrofitting costs. The retrofitted servicing drilling rigs will be with new vitality and play a greater role in the development of ultra-deep wells and unconventional oil and gas in China.
Automated Pipe Handling, Retrofit Servicing Rigs, Pipe Picked-Up and Laid-Down Device, Robot Derrickman, Offline Stand Building System
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Fang Tai’an, Zhou Zhixiong, Wu Changliang, Lv Juan, Zuo Weidong, Automated Pipe Handling System Suitable for Retrofitting Servicing Rigs in China, International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Engineering. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2020, pp. 10-16. doi: 10.11648/j.ogce.20200801.12
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