Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) has opened a manufacturing and technology center in Oklahoma City dedicated to advancing the performance, quality and reliability of downhole drilling motors.
Oil and gas operators continue to drill faster, longer wells, putting pressure on drilling motors to perform efficiently and more dependably at higher levels. The BHGE Motor Center of Excellence (COE) addresses this challenge by incorporating cutting-edge robotics, automation and process control to create a step change in drilling motor precision and quality, delivering better downhole motor performance and durability.
“We are excited to open the Motor Center of Excellence in Oklahoma City, in the heart of North America —the world’s largest market for drilling motors. The technologies and engineered solutions we develop here will drive smarter well construction and deliver better drilling efficiencies to our customers throughout the world. We’re proud of the facility and the potential it brings,” said Maria Claudia Borras, President and CEO for Oilfield Services.
At the Motor COE, advanced monitoring systems and a state-of-the-art plant control center enable BHGE to design and manufacture drilling motors to exacting tolerances, resulting in better motor quality. In addition to manufacturing, the 128,000 sq ft facility, co-located on BHGE’s Oklahoma City Supercenter campus, encompasses engineering, repair and maintenance, and an elastomer and materials laboratory. Having this breadth of capabilities under one roof allows BHGE engineers and operations personnel to closely monitor all aspects of motor manufacturing and collaborate to fine-tune processes.
The opening of the Motor COE follows the introduction of the company’s next-generation Navi-Drill™ DuraMax™ high-performance motors. BHGE redesigned this new line of motors to provide increased horsepower, torque and durability to drill faster in all motor applications. Ideal for the North American market, the Navi-Drill DuraMax motor will be manufactured and maintained at the Motor COE.
Photo caption: [from left] Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, BHGE’s Oilfield Services President and CEO Maria Claudia Borras, and Senior Plant Manager Karen Lane tour BHGE’s new Motor Center of Excellence facility in Oklahoma City.
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