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Vanguard Arabia Drill Bit

Vanguard Arabia Drill Bit

Drill longer distances in hard carbonates

  • Vanguard™ Arabia tricone drill bits drill longer distances in the Middle East’s less-abrasive, hard-carbonate formations. These tungsten carbide insert (TCI) drill bits have super-tough carbide grades that minimize breakage from impact damage. You can rely on the improved cutting structure and seal life for greater footage.  

    Middle East operator nearly triples rate of penetration (ROP) using large-diameter TCI tricone bit

    Working in a nonabrasive carbonate formation, an operator was dissatisfied with short bit runs. The operator asked us to increase tricone drill bit performance in this formation. Our design application review team (DART), comprised of application experts, design engineers, and operations, collaborated with the operator to determine the reason for the poor tricone performance.  

    The team recommended a 16-in.Vanguard Arabia TCI roller cone with shirttail and leg hardfacing (STL), high-aspect ratio (HAR) elastomer seal, enhanced heel row, and HighFlow™ extended nozzles. Because this drill bit was engineered specifically for the formation’s characteristics, the operator achieved significantly greater ROP. This premium tricone bit drilled 92 ft/hr (28 m/hr) compared to the competitor offset of 32 ft/hr (10 m/hr), nearly tripling the ROP.

    Advantages of the Vanguard Arabia Tricone drill bit include:

    • Patented seal packages improve reliability for longer drilling hours downhole
    • Protective bit body armor increases bit life in carbonate drilling environments
    • Aggressive cutting structures provide exceptional ROP

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