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Drilling Contractor: Honghua Developing New-Generation Shale-Drilling Rig, Plans Testing of Frack Pump

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Title:?Honghua?Developing?New-Generation?Shale-Drilling?Rig,?Plans?Testing?of?Frack?Pump

Outlet:?Drilling?Contractor

Author:?Katherine?Scott

Date:?May?23,?2013

Circulation:?18,079

Honghua?Group?and?its?U.S.?subsidiary?Honghua?America?are?developing?a?next generation?onshore?rig?for?shale?drilling?called

the?U.S.?#1;?a?prototype?is?under?construction?at?the?company’s?Houston?factory?and?schedule?or?completion?in?late?2013?or?early?2014.?Further,?the?company?is?working?with?Baker?Hughes?to?field?test?Honghua’s?6,000hp?hydraulic?fracturing?pump?in?Texas.?Speaking?during?an?exclusive?interview?with?Drilling?Contractor?at?the?2013?OTC,?Zhang?Mi,?chairman?and?president?of?Honghua?Group,?noted?that?such?technologies?are?examples?of?his?company’s?focus?on?the?U.S.?onshore?market;?yet,?they?are?also?technologies?that?he?believes?Honghua?can?eventually?deploy?in?China?once?development?of?unconventionals?expands?in?that?country.

The?U.S.?#1?rig?has?been?designed?to?be?highly?mechanized?and?highly?automated,?Mr?Zhang?explained,?and?one?technology?that?will?be?incorporated?is?Honghua’s?new?direct-drive?triplex?mud?pump.?The?pump?is?driven?by?a?top mounted?AC?motor?that?

powers the?pinion?shaft.?

This?removes?the?intermediate?transmission?(e.g.?belt,?chain?and?gear),?reducing?maintenance?and?vibrations?and?lowering?noise.?A?smaller?environmental?footprint?is?another?key?feature?of?the?U.S.?#1?rig.?Mr?Zhang?noted?that?it?has?been?designed?to?be?powered?with?natural?gas?and?LNG,?and?perhaps?even?grid?power?in?some?cases.?“If?(U.S.#1?is)?successful,?it?will?be?an?example?for?Honghua’s?next-generation?rigs.”

The?company?also?continues?work?on?its?6,000hp?frack?pump,?introduced?at?last?year’s?OTC.?Honghua?is?now?working?with?Baker?Hughes?to?bring?this?technology?to?the?U.S.?market?for?field testing,?Mr?Zhang?said.?“Once?the?field?tests?are?complete,?I believe it ?will?also?bring?about?step-changes?for?shale?drilling?in?the?U.S.”?

Field-testing?will?likely?take?place?in?Texas?around?August,?he?said.

Looking?toward?the?Chinese?market,?Mr.?Zhang?explained?that?although?there?are?approximately?2,000?land?drilling?rigs?operating?in?China,?most?of?them?are?older?mechanical?or?SCRstyle?rigs.?“There?is?a?significant?need?for?renewal?of?the?fleet,”?he?said,?adding?that?he?believes?innovations?such?as?Honghua’s?directdrive?triplex?pump?will?be?able?to?impact?the?Chinese?market?once?it’s proven in?the?U.S.?“

The?locations?in?China?where?there’s?potential?for?shale?gas?are?not?like?Texas,?where?you?have?wide?spaces?where?you?can?build?wellsites.?In?China,?they?are?located?in?mountainous?regions,?so?access?to?shale?gas?reserves?is?more?difficult.?Being?able?to?reduce?the?footprint?is?especially?important.”

Although?onshore?rigs?and?technology?remain?at?the?core?of?Honghua’s?business,?the?company?is?also?pushing?ahead?with?its?entry?into?the?offshore?rig?construction?segment,?with?the?largecapacity?Honghai?mobile?crane?the?centerpiece?technology?driving?their?efforts.?“When?our?Honghai?crane?is?completed?with?a?lifting?capacity?of?22,000?metric?tons,?you?can?construct?the?entire?platform?on?land?and?then?transport?it?offshore?as?a?complete?piece…?We?believe?this?will?be?a?first?in?the?world,”?Mr?Zhang?said.

Construction?of?the?crane?began?in?October?2012?near?Shanghai.?Once?completed,?Honghua?plans?to?use?it?for?largescale?and?simultaneous?production?of?five?to?10?offshore?rigs,?he?said.?The?crane?will?be?completed?by?the?end?of?2013?or?Q1?2014,?and?Mr?Zhang?noted?that?discussions?for?offshore?rig?orders?are?ongoing,?primarily?with?non-Chinese?companies.

Link:http://www.drillingcontractor.org/honghua-developing-new-generation-shale-drilling-rig-plans-testing-of-frac-pump-23278

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