The same physics that keeps airplanes aloft in the sky can be used to steer drill bits.
Shell discovered the possibility years ago. Enteq Technologies later licensed the technology and developed it into a modular rotary steerable system that directs the bottomhole assembly (BHA) from the base of the drill bit. Recently, the Steer-At-Bit Enteq Rotary (SABER) tool completed downhole drilling testing at the Catoosa Drill Test Facility in Oklahoma.
Enteq CEO Andrew Law said it’s been a quarter of a century since rotary steerable systems (RSSs) displaced mud motors as the directional drilling tool of choice, with incremental improvements in the following years.
Enteq Technologies plc (LON:NTQ) develops and supplies equipment for Measurement, Logging and Geo-steering while drilling of wells for the Geothermal, Oil and Gas markets.