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Weatherford and Safe Influx to Create First-Ever Integration of Managed Pressure Drilling and Automated Well Control Technology

Weatherford International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Safe Influx, the world’s only provider of Automated Well Control technology. Under the MoU, the companies will cooperate globally to focus on revolutionising well integrity during the construction phase by bringing to market the first ever integration of Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) solutions and Automated Well Control technology.

“This unprecedented collaboration will leverage digitalization and automation to enable operators to achieve more from their projects in the safest way possible, while having the confidence their wells will be drilled and constructed with the highest level of integrity available in the market today,” said Kevin Fisher, Vice President of Managed Pressure Drilling, Weatherford.

As part of the MoU, Safe Influx will combine its Automated Well Control technology with Weatherford’s comprehensive portfolio of Managed Pressure Drilling products and services. This industry first integrated offering will automate the mitigation of drilling hazards, while drilling in the most efficient manner possible. This cooperation creates market-expansion opportunities, allowing both companies to expand their capabilities and resources.

“Safe Influx Automated Well Control technology has a revolutionary role in the Managed Pressure and conventional drilling markets by dramatically reducing our industry’s exposure to human factors,” said Bryan Atchison, Co-founder and Managing Director, Safe Influx.

Weatherford is a global pioneer and market leader in Managed Pressure Drilling technologies and solutions. The Weatherford MPD portfolio includes Rotating Control Devices, Automated Pressure Pro®and Victus®Intelligent MPD systems.

“Working as one team, and leveraging Weatherford’s global MPD leadership, Safe Influx will unlock the full potential of Managed Pressure Drilling,” notes Phil Hassard, Co-founder and Technical Director, Safe Influx.


Achieve unmatched safety and cost savings

Managed pressure drilling started as an essential technique for drilling wells with narrow pore-pressure, fracture-gradient windows. Now, it is also a performance-enhancing solution. As the MPD leader, Weatherford has provided a field-proven portfolio of related technologies and services for five decades and counting. Ranging from automated to intelligent, their MPD offerings help you to enhance safety, lower well-construction costs, reduce well-control risks, and increase production.

Drill without defeat

Victus intelligent MPD helps you to precisely maintain bottomhole pressure in operations from land to deep water. Using the industry’s most advanced algorithmic model, it provides real-time analysis and rapid responses.

Based on five decades of leadership in managed pressure drilling, Victus™ intelligent MPD gives you the confidence to beat your drilling challenges.

For every well you drill, you have every reason to use MPD. The proven gains make it difficult to justify drilling without it. By precisely maintaining bottomhole pressure, Victus MPD helps you to achieve all your drilling objectives with unmatched safety and cost savings.

It integrates rig equipment for machine-to-machine communication, real-time analysis of downhole conditions, and rapid automated responses from a central location. Whether you deploy Victus in deep water, shallow water, or land, you can drill without defeat.

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