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DrillWell- Drilling and Well Centre for Improved Recovery

Objective: Improved safety for people and the environment and value creation through better resource development and reduced cost.
The centre will focus on the following areas:
- Drilling process efficiency
- Drilling solutions for improved recovery
- Well solutions for improved recovery

Host institution: International Research Institute Stavanger (IRIS)

Research partners: University of Stavanger, SINTEF Petroleum Research, NTNU
Enterprise partners: Wintershall, ConocoPhillips, Total, Statoil, Det norske oljeselskap

Budget: 176 MNOK over the eight years period

Director: Sigmund Stokka, e-mail

Drilling and well technologies are constantly challenged by operators and the society to deliver safer and more effective solutions. Presently the industry reports that ~ 25% is non-productive time in drilling operations. In addition about the same potential remains before reaching the "technical limit operation". Even using existing technology there is a potential for improvement. In addition the technology innovation with well architecture, smart wells and smart well completions will improve the recovery rate significantly. The centre will develop top international competence and tools within drilling and well technology for improved recovery.

The research work will range from development of methodology and modelling tools to hardware development in cooperation with the industry, and will further include virtual testing of software and methods, full scale testing of software, methods, operation and equipment.