FuchsRohr AluDrill: Light-weight aluminum pipe boosts drilling efficiency and reduces transportation costs

  • Light, flexible and highly durable FuchsRohr AluDrill pipe can be used for a variety of challenging drilling applications.
  • Up to 50% lighter than commonly used steel pipe, the innovative aluminum pipe help increase drilling efficiency and reduce transportation and handling costs.
  • FuchsRohr AluDrill will be highlighted at the SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen, Scotland (OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions, Hall 3, Booth Number 3D191, September 5-8, 2017).

Meinerzhagen, Germany, August 31, 2017 -  Innovative, aluminum alloy FuchsRohr AluDrill drill pipe opens up new possibilities for demanding oil and gas drilling operations. Brought to market by OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions (OFDS), the pipe is up to 50 percent lighter than similarly-sized steel pipe. This low weight translates into increased drilling efficiency while making transportation and handling both easier and less expensive.

During a series of shale drilling tests, FuchsRohr Alu Drill has proven its durability and reliability, demonstrating an improved ROP in sliding mode of up to 30 percent (versus standard steel pipe) through more efficient weight-to-bit transfer. The aluminum alloy’s high yield strength also showed that it can more than handle the demanding shale drilling environment. Its strength-to-weight ratio exceeds that of X80 steel and approaches the range of titanium.

With a view to the upcoming SPE, the leading trade fair for the offshore sector, Peter Kaufmann, President of OFDS, pointed to another advantage of the light-weight aluminum pipe: “Especially in offshore operations, the weight advantage reduces freight costs and facilitates transport and handling. At the end of the day, this, in addition to the increase in drilling effectiveness and a reduction in drilling time, can contribute to reduced costs and higher profit margins in the oil and gas industry.” 

Media Contact: Mr. Joachim Schwichtenberg, j.schwichtenberg@fette-beute.com, Phone +49 2722 6399 140.

OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions GmbH (OFDS) is an integrated product and service solutions provider specializing in bringing high strength-to-weight ratio metallic solutions to the upstream oil and gas industry. The company offers a broad range of aluminum and titanium alloy products to the market with the goal of helping customers achieve greater reach and higher speed at less cost. For more information visit: http://www.otto-fuchs-ds.com.

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Up to 50% lighter than commonly used steel pipe, FuchsRohr AluDrill pipe helps increase drilling efficiency and reduce transportation and handling costs.
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Especially in offshore operations, the weight advantage reduces freight costs and facilitates transport and handling. At the end of the day, this, in addition to the increase in drilling effectiveness and a reduction in drilling time, can contribute to reduced costs and higher profit margins in the oil and gas industry.
Peter Kaufmann, President of OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions