Drilling fluid, or drilling mud, is the fluid that circulates in the borehole of a well to ensure a smooth drilling operation and pressure balancing the well. This fluid is a mixture of water or oil with Bentonite clay and other additives. Water-based muds (WBs) or Oil-Based muds (OBs) are used to provide hydrostatic pressure to prevent formation damage or gas kick. It also keeps the drill head cool and clean while the muds are carrying out drill cuttings during drilling.
XSENS flow meters can measure with high accuracy the flowrates of muds going in and out of the boreholes. This allows the operator to receive early warnings for any changes in the flowrates during Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD), which can be used as part of an Early-Kick-Detection system (EKD) to prevent blowouts.
XSENS has a Joint Innovation Project (JIP) with Shell, Total, Equinor and Baker Hughes ongoing to optimize the XSENS sensors for this application to measure flowrates of mud. Contact us to learn more about this highly critical and demanding project.
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