Becoming The Go-To Oilfield Service

National Oilwell Varco’s Completion and Production solutions team has helped its Bakken client’s achieve better results post-frack by collaborating with customers and constantly focusing on new technologies.
By Sponsored Content | May 11, 2019

As drilling practices and completion strategies have changed across the Bakken shale, production methods have followed.  National Oilwell Varco’s Completion and Production solutions team has helped its Bakken client’s achieve better results post-frack by collaborating with customers and constantly focusing on new technologies designed for enhanced efficiency and safety.

Complex, well-specific completion designs have increased the attention paid to offset well production issues, or frack hits, across the Bakken and other plays. NOV’s team has designed the Universal Wellhead system to alleviate the issues associated with multiwell pad completion jobs. Designed to economically convert to several forms of artificial lift methods throughout the well life cycle, the universal package eliminates costly and traditional conversion requirements because it allows producers to monitor pressures at various sample points within the body of the wellhead. “Our customers call it the one-and-done wellhead because it doesn’t need to be replaced,” members of the team said.

NOV’s Bakken team offers a large array of products that have helped producers achieve high-end results while changing the way they drill, frack and bring wells online. The Hercules HP technology offers the end user the ability to temporarily shut in a producing well that is using artificial lift, avoiding the effects created by offset fracking operations. “It also gives operators the ability to increase production by returning online faster,” the team said.

The production equipment can also help keep personnel safer from high pressures or better handle hydrogen sulfide and limit carbon dioxide emissions. At the wellsite, NOV has learned how to overcome surface issues as well. The company now can reduce wellhead stack height and increase stroke length or offer multiple alignment options for crooked wellheads, including a new Hercules HP Crooked BOP.

Across the Williston Basin and other shale plays, NOV has been able to push the limits of new technology related to production. Those efforts have changed how operators think about their assets. Maintaining a leading role across the Bakken and other plays isn’t just about providing on-demand products and services that offer extreme reliability, operational efficiency and safety. For NOV, the goal is larger than that, the team said. The goal, which is now being achieved daily across the Bakken, is to alter the view of the oilfield and what is possible. “We have brought innovative hydraulic rod pumping systems, progressing cavity pump systems, automation controls and monitoring to help operators change the way they view their long-term production through artificial lift,” NOV’s Bakken team said.

~From The Bakken Report 2019 print issue