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Singapore research institute boosts Asian deep-hole drilling capability with joint industry project

28th May 2014

The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has launched an initiative under its collaborative industry project (CIP) scheme to equip companies in the oil and gas sector with effective tooling, preparation methods and drilling parameters

Singapore research institute boosts deep-hole drilling capability in South East Asia with new joint industry project
Through the CIP, participating companies can maximise the usage of existing resources including machines, workforce, facilities and space to produce surface, subsea, and downhole components using other corrosion-resistant metals

SIMTech has pioneered an evaluation, comparison and validation method to produce deep, straight holes in a variety of materials for down-hole drill pipes.

The CIP will enable engineering companies operating in South East Asia to acquire the know-how to accurately drill high precision holes, in partnership with SIMTech and other tooling, coolant and material suppliers.

Through the CIP, participating companies can maximise the usage of existing resources including machines, workforce, facilities and space to produce surface, subsea, and downhole components using other corrosion-resistant metals. The CIP is also expected to increase throughput, productivity and yield by 45 to 60 per cent through reduced rejects, rework and remake.

Dr Lim Ser Yong, executive director of SIMTech said: “The CIP is significant in raising the capabilities of local enterprises in high-value gun drilling operations to strengthen Singapore’s position as a hub for the oil and gas equipment manufacturing industry. Through the collaborative partnership model, SIMTech will develop the key technologies and know-how for high precision gun drilling operations for local companies to gain access to the capital-intensive and highly complex manufacturing of large oil and gas exploration tools.”

SIMTech will provide a structured methodology to enable the participating members to evaluate the compatibility of their products in relation to other critical resources in deep-hole drilling. Participating companies will be trained and equipped with appropriate capabilities in tool engineering and process design, execution, analysis and inspection through a combination of classroom, laboratory and case-study based training. Leveraging on SIMTech’s capabilities, the performance of the tools and the effectiveness of the chosen drilling conditions and parameters will be objectively evaluated.

The participating companies of the CIP include local deep-hole drilling service providers and international gun drills, specialty material and coolant manufacturers from Singapore, Germany, Japan, Korea, UK, and USA. Each participant will acquire the knowledge and know-how in drill designs, edge polishing, drilling parameters and strategy for unsupported deep-hole drilling components of tough material using commonly available machining centres.

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