Research rig, diverse geologic conditions, provide unique testing environment. D.E. Gaddy, OGJ, 9 November 1998, 96(45), 80, 83, 84.
A newly designed research rig is described which will enable the industry to test drilling and petrophysical technologies far into the future. Amoco's test rig comprises a drilling and completions test facility, drilling-hydraulics test loop, solids-control test facility, and drilling-simulator laboratory rig. Located in Catoosa, Okla., it uses a pivoting-rail system to move from surface location to surface location, significantly reducing the time needed to rig down, move, and rig up. Outside companies can custom-design well configurations and test new technologies as needed without having to experiment on field locations.