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Electric Impulse Drilling: The Future of Drilling Technology Begins Now

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Erik Anders, Matthias Voigt

Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Franziska Lehmann, Margarita Mezzetti

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, Germany

Paper No. OMAE2017-61105, pp. V008T11A024; 6 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 8: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; Petroleum Technology
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5776-2
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The Electric Impulse Drilling (EID) uses high voltage impulses to destroy the rock. Without any mechanical interaction between a bit and the rock, it works with almost no wear. Because of that, there is a big potential for reducing roundtrips and non-productive time. In a current R&D project, an EID system is built up and will be tested in a shallow well. A very difficult task during the development is the adjustment of the process to high-pressure conditions.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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