The continuous discovery of new natural gas reserves throughout North America is responsible for a dramatic increase in drilling activity. Unlike traditional drilling where only a vertical well is required to tap into the pay zone, natural gas production involves using unconventional drilling methods. The most common method is to drill horizontally into the gas bearing shale formations in order to capture more gas than ever before using traditional methods. In the Marcellus Shale, for example , it is not uncommon for the horizontal well to reach out over 5,000 feet.
Large coal deposits have always contained a tremendous volume of methane gas.
In the past this gas was tapped and released into the environment to preserve the safety of the underground miners. In recent years programs have been developed to capture and contain this valuable resource. Coal Bed Methane (CBM) gas drilling has created many new opportunities and challenges for gas exploration and production companies around the globe. Many of these projects involve drilling horizontally into the coal formations to tap into the rich pockets of methane gas.
Our SILVER BULLET PDC BITS along with our high performance Our MOTOR BITS are well suited for this type of drilling. The fast penetration rates achieved with our products is attractive to drilling contractors interested in drilling as fast and as deep as possible in the shortest amount of time.
Unconventional drilling methods used in the development of oil and natural gas wells have created many new opportunities for directional drilling contractors. Our CHAMPION SERIES DRILLING MOTORS and SILVER BULLET PDC BITS are designed to provide directional drillers with high performance tools necessary for dependable drilling performance and maximum drilling speed.
In addition, the concept of “trenchless technology” is rapidly expanding the need for HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILLING (HDD) tools and equipment. This method involves drilling horizontally below roads, bridges, rivers and other obstacles for installation of utilities and pipelines.
For many years we have supplied water well drilling contractors worldwide with our popular products including our SILVER BULLET PDC BITS, LARGE DIAMETER DTH HAMMER BITS and TRICONE BITS. The search and preservation of ground water resources in of primary importance to virtually every country on earth. Although the methods and specifics of every project are different, the basic objective is the same – to drill as deep as possible as quickly as possible. We continue to serve this important market on a global basis with dependable drilling tools.
The development of geothermal energy for heating and cooling has created many new opportunities for drilling contractors. The most common application involves drilling bore holes deep into the earth to accommodate the plastic tubing called “loops”. The “loops” are then encased in special grout mixtures to ensure thermal stability. These “loops” carry fluids to a pre-determined depth to be either heated or cooled and returned to the surface to the heating/cooling unit. Our SILVER BULLET PDC BITS have long been used for drilling in this industry. Our Silver Bullet PDC Bits deliver dependable performance and increased drilling speed in rock conditions making them very attractive to the professional drilling contractors involved in this business.
Our SILVER BULLET PDC BITS have long been used by CATHODIC CORROSION PROTECTION (CP) contractors for effectively drilling the required bore holes into rock formations. The high speed drilling accomplished with our Silver Bullet PDC Bits makes them very attractive since the required bore holes are completed much faster and much more economically than those drilled by conventional methods including tricone bits or DTH hammers.
Simply speaking cathodic protection (CP) is a process used to control the corrosion of a metal surface by making it the cathode of an electrochemical cell. Normally cathodic protection is applied by connecting the metal to be protected with another more easily corroded metal acting as the anode. Typical applications for CP include water or fuel pipelines, storage tanks and oil well casings. These anodes are normally placed in bore holes positioned in the vicinity of the main object being protected.
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The use of SILVER BULLET PDC BITS in the mining exploration and mineral production industries is ever expanding. The main market in the mining sector for our tools is with COAL EXPLORATION AND MINING. In particular our SILVER BULLET PDC BITS deliver very fast drilling speed and exceptional bit service life in coal field applications.
SILVER BULLET PDC BITS are often used as pilot bits on pipeline Construction projects. The rapidly expanding natural gas Network in North America has created the need for additional Pipelines and pipeline related drilling projects.