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72 | January 2018 | hartenergy.com 2018 UNCONVENTIONAL YEARBOOK | DRILLING TECHNOLOGY Oxy, for example, is adding different sen- sors and MWD to get drillers to begin using the software and tools they're putting together. "They're trying to bring [techniques] to the drilling rigs [so] that they can make corrections now instead of calling a day later with those corrections," he said. Fully automatic directional drilling system In its Oct. 24 third-quarter report Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries chairman, president and CEO, said, "Our Rigtelligent operating system has now been implemented on 95 of our rigs in the Lower 48 and is performing in line with our expectations. "In our services portfolio we conducted initial field-testing of our ROCKit AutoPilot fully auto- matic directional drilling system. In these tests we successfully completed five horizontal wells in a timeframe consistent with our best-in-class directional drillers. One of these wells set a new record for this operator in this particular field. Our iRacker and robotic pipe handling systems are also close to commercial deployment." In early September Nabors acquired the Nor- wegian company Robotic Drilling Systems, which provides robotic drill floor systems for both land and offshore rig applications. High-spec drilling rig demand The APEX-XK 1500 rig is the newest design from Patterson-UTI, with an advanced operat- ing and control system that offers a platform for drilling automation. "We continue to see growing demand for super- spec rigs. Four of the previously announced seven APEX-XK upgrades have been delivered, and the remaining three rigs are under contract. We also have contracts to upgrade two additional rigs to APEX-PK rigs with a box-on-box substructure and integrated walking system for enhanced per- formance on a multiwell pad, both of which are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2018," said Andy Hendricks, Patterson-UTI's CEO, in the company's Oct. 26, 2017, third-quarter report. "Based on contracts currently in place, we expect an average of 87 rigs operating under term con- tracts during the fourth quarter and an average of 53 rigs operating under term contracts during the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2018," he added. In the third quarter Precision reported a modest reduction in its active rig count, with 55 rigs active. Utilization in the high-spec rig market is expected to remain tight and pricing to remain firm. Overall demand for its Pad Walking Super Triple rigs has remained strong. "As our customers across the U.S. and Canada have learned to operate in a 'lower-for-longer' com- modity price environment, they have focused on drilling and completion efficiency utilizing long or extended-reach horizontal wells and adopted large-scale industrialization techniques such as multiwell pads and high-efficiency rig systems. Pre- cision's Super Triple rigs are configured to opti- The APEX-XK 1500 is Patterson-UTI's multifunctional rig design equipped with the latest AC drilling technology. (Photo courtesy of Patterson- UTI)

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