Colorado company uses Atlas Copco's RD20 to efficiently develop unconventional Coal Bed Methane reserves Coal Bed Methane reserves The Raton Basin stretches from southern Colorado to northern New Mexico, running about 30 miles long and 30 miles wide. Although this coal field has been an energy source for over 100 years and has a colorful history, in recent years the energy has come more from methane gas in the … Read more
Texas Contractor makes quick work of surface holes by drilling with air . They said it couldn’t be done,” was Bob Morris’ opening comment. “They” refers to everyone who has ever talked about air drilling the red bed strata in West Texas’ Permian Basin oil patch. Morris, Drilling Supervisor for Butch’s Rat Hole and Anchor Service Company, didn’t agree with this long-standing assumption. Scott Bryant, President of Butch’s … Read more
Atlas Copco’s RD20 increases productivity in Wyoming natural gas play. The RD20 speeds the drilling process because of its fast setup and ability to angle drill, proving itself a big player in the industry — even compared to the conventional triple. Thanks to the RD20, the big rigs are reaching total depth a lot faster.   In western Wyoming, at 7,000 feet above sea level, there is a mesa of consolidated rock that holds gas in fissures in the formation. Unlike other formations, where the body of gas rests in softer formations capped off from the surface, this is tight in the rock. Drilling gas wells closer together allows drill … Read more
The tophead of the RD20 XC, which has bails and a hydraulically activated elevator rated to 120,000 pounds (54 metric tonnes), is specifically designed for bottleneck pipe handling. The timing was right,” said third-generation oil driller Doug Jackson. Jackson owns Jackson Drilling Services, LP of Justin, Texas. His company had won the bid on a surface casing contract with Pioneer Natural Resources. The Atlas Copco RD20 XC, which would be the first of its kind in North America, was a perfect match for … Read more
From fracking to carbonated beverages, drilling company finds markets for CO2 Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the gas form of dry ice. The solid dry ice is created when carbon dioxide is cooled under high pressure, forming a liquid. It is then allowed to expand under reduced pressure to produce “snow.” The snow is compressed into dry ice blocks, slices or pellets as the end product. The … Read more
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