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Baker Hughes to launch new stimulation vessel

09th September 2013

The Blue Orca will be rated to 15,000 psi and will conduct offshore stimulation operations in the North Sea

Baker Hughes to launch new stimulation vessel
The Blue Orca will provide 15,000 hydraulic horsepower pumping capacity and the ability to pump at rates in excess of 60 barrels per minute (bpm)

Baker Hughes will launch its new stimulation vessel Blue Orca in late October, a company spokesperson told OGT at SPE’s Offshore Europe event.The Blue Orca will become the eighth vessel in the Baker Hughes fleet and will provide offshore stimulation services to Maersk Oil in the North Sea.

 

The Blue Orca will be rated to 15,000 psi and its applications will include offshore stimulation and sand and well control operations. It will offer one of the largest fluid and proppant carrying capacities in the world, according to the US-based oilfield services company. In addition, it will provide 15,000 hydraulic horsepower pumping capacity and the ability to pump at rates in excess of 60 barrels per minute (bpm).

 

The process of well stimulation is used on oil and gas wells to increase the flow of natural gas or crude oil from the drainage area into the well bore. Several intervention techniques are designed to achieve this by increasing the permeability outside the bore, creating additional cracks or fractures in the rock or lifting the well. 

 

"Stimulation of long horizontal wells is one of Maersk Oil's key technologies and vital for economic development of our tight chalk reservoirs," said Mary Van Domelen, leader of Maersk Oil's stimulation team.

 

The Blue Orca will join Baker Hughes' other stimulation vessels - including the company's newest additions to the Gulf of Mexico: Blue Tarpon and the Blue Dolphin. The vessels support offshore completion operations and will be equipped to support high-rate and high-volume multi-zone fracturing operations.