fracturing, stimulation, and pumping equipment. Configured-for-purpose on a platform
supply vessel, the equipment could be removed during periods of inactivity, allowing
the unit to then swiftly return to duty.
Not surprisingly, the bottom line continues to be a focus. Rami Yassine, global operations manager-production enhancement,
Halliburton, commented: “[In the current
market,] there continues to be an added focus on providing the lowest cost/boe solution to the client.
“This has aligned well with our broad
product and service offering in conjunction
with the operational capabilities the fleet can
Halliburton found that by working with
its clients and with other internal business
units, it was able to expand and tailor its ser-
vices to fit additional needs.
“Collaboration with the client base has been
key, [as we have] expanded from discrete ser-
vices in stimulation to a total completion solu-
tion in an integrated service offering,” Yass-
ine said. “In addition, collaboration with the
reservoir and production groups is allow-
ing increased success in identifying optimal
solutions for the reservoir.”
Last year, Halliburton introduced the
Stim Star Brasil to the Brazilian offshore
market, where Yassine said it completed
its first successful campaign in April 2016.
Many of Brasil’s features were also incorpo-
rated into the Stim Star IV, which was also
added to the fleet in 2015. Yassine said that it
has successfully completed dozens of stimu-
lation jobs in the Gulf of Mexico’s deepwater
and Outer Continental Shelf regions.
Although Halliburton’s vessels are mar-ket-specific, he said that they “are designed
with high internal flexibility, and [incorpo-rate] the ability to modify as changes occur.”
For example, Stim Star recently transferred from Angola to Mexico after receiving some system enhancements.
Even with the down market, companies
continue to view such upgrades as essential.
“We continually evaluate market needs
and upgrade our vessels with new specifications to better serve our customers,” Goddard said.
“For example, our Schlumberger HiWAY
flow-channel fracturing technique has shown
tremendous potential in providing a solution
that not only increases production, but also
dramatically reduces cost by providing a
nearly 100% success rate of no screenouts.”
Since the last survey, participants Stim-
Well Services, Mehran Engineering & Well
Services Co., and Superior Energy Services
have maintained Island Patriot, Northern
Genesis, and Inspiration, respectively.
Stimwell Services said it has invested
heavily in Island Patriot, adding an additional
bow thruster in 2015 that gave it an environ-
mental regularity number of 99/99/99/98.
In addition, Island Patriot received an
additional high-pressure pump to boost hy-
draulic horsepower, and Stim Well Services
said it installed a new, state-of-the-art stimu-
lation equipment control system.
Mehran said its Northern Genesis has had
steady work off Iran’s coasts so far in 2016,
and completed around 20 jobs in the past
year. Most recently, it performed an acidiz-
ing operation in the Hengam field in its first
operation for Iranian Offshore Oil Co.
Notably, the vessel completed a large job
in the Petroiran Development Co.’s South
Pars project from October 2015 to January
2016, providing stimulation services on six
deep horizontal wells. •