Advanced Softtorque Next level stick-slip mitigation technology

Electroproject and Softtorque

We were the first company in the world to develop and implement a Softtorque system for AC TD systems, which successfully mitigates stick-slip. Since then, Electroproject Softtorque has proven to be a significant cost-saver, enabling operators to cut back drilling costs by the millions.

Recognized as one of the major problems facing the drilling industry, numerous efforts to make the Softtorque technology effective had failed time and again. Meanwhile, stick-slip and downhole vibration continued to be two of the drilling industry’s major challenges.

Electroproject’s expertise and out-of-the-box approach have been key to the successful rejuvenation of the Softtorque technology developed by Shell in the nineties. For a long time, until Electroproject involvement, this technology was plagued with major problems when implemented using AC-drive systems. 

But even the improved Shell STRS technology had known limitations in its stick-slip mitigation ability, especially in strong deviated and horizontal drill operations. Again, Electroproject pushed the technology forward, creating the Advanced Softtorque system, using Electroproject expertise and experience with vibration mitigation in other industries.

Electroproject and Advanced Softtorque

Advanced Softtorque is the stick-slip mitigation controller of the 2020s. It is recognized as a problem solver by all major O&G operators in all their challenging operations. Advanced Softtorque is a so-called wide-bandwidth controller, able to increase the stick-slip’s mitigation ability from surface to drill strings of more than 40,000 ft in total length.

Electroproject and Ztorque

Recognized as a champion of vibration analyses and mitigation, Electroproject was part of the Shell team responsible for the development of Ztorque. After successful tryouts, Electroproject was licensed by Shell to deliver Ztorque as a stand-alone controller. The Electroproject Ztorque implementation minimizes the adaptations needed in the existing top-drive equipment and even allows for a bypass option.

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