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Agitator Technologies

Other friction reduction tools may take our name, but they can’t match our industry-leading performance. With a history of more than 85,000 runs to prove our reliability, only NOV Agitator systems consistently enable operators around the world to drill farther and faster.

Explore how our Agitators reduce friction in sticky situations. Operators rely on our Agitators to optimize drilling efficiencies with 70,000 runs and counting.

99.9% Reliability: Since 2012, the power section stator elastomer in the Agitator systems have demonstrated 99.9% reliability, globally. According to data from our iTrax incident tracking system, only one stator elastomer incident per 1,000 runs has been reported since 2012. This means the elastomer power section in our drilling Agitator systems, is 99.9% reliable.

222% Increase in ROP: In Mexico, the AgitatorPLUS system paired with the FluidHammer achieve 222% increase in ROP, outperforming the previous RSS run.

$597,747 Saved: In Egypt, the Agitator system and MOCS tool save multiple trips, providing 20% faster ROP and 42% lower cost per foot than best offset, equating to huge cost savings to the customer.

50% Reduction in Drilling Time: In West Texas, the Agitator system was run in two wells in a test of drilling performance. In both cases, performance improved. Results: 70% increase in sliding ROP, 50% reduction in drilling time. This equated to $106,000 cost savings potential for the customer.

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Agitator System

The Agitator system increases ROP, improves weight transfer and reduces stick-slip by reducing downhole friction in directional drilling applications. Its axial oscillations also provide significant benefits for wellbore intervention and fishing applications.
Agitator System
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AgitatorHE System

The AgitatorHE (high energy) system provides more efficient energy for greater friction reduction, which can improve ROP, help you drill longer distances and increase cost efficiency.
AgitatorHE System
A render of an AgitatorPLUS System

AgitatorPLUS System

The AgitatorPLUS system combines our Agitator tool with a specially designed low-pressure shock tool to reduce friction and keep the drillstring moving by introducing an axial oscillating motion.

AgitatorPLUS System

Premium Drill Pipe

Pipe OD: Increasing the drill pipe size (like 5½ instead of 5") and upgrading the connection to a premium connection improve the string overall hydraulics as well as the annular one. This hydraulics improvement allows more flow and/or pressure to be delivered at the bit. The larger drill pipe size reduces the annular clearance, accelerating fluids outside the pipe to promote better hole cleaning.

The drill pipe ID is the main driver of pressure losses in the drill string; it is the one factor that helps hydraulics, especially the tool joint ID. Selecting a more streamlined connection with a larger ID can lead to a reduction up to 50% of the pressure losses inside and outside drill pipe.

Improved hydraulics give more available pressure at the BHA level for the motor, RSS, MWD, drill bit, etc. It also brings more flow to move the cuttings back towards the surface. If cuttings are evacuated faster, one can think that drilling could be faster.

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Drilling Tools

Agitator System: We designed a new multi-lobe power section, improving the Agitator system to allow performance at higher flow rates. New 7 in. bodies can accommodate premium HT, XT, and GPDS connections, eliminating the need for crossovers.

Vector Drilling Motors: Our motors provide exceptional torque capability and reliability, allowing maximum efficiency. We have optimized our new power sections for maximum horsepower at industry-leading high flow rates, and we have re-engineered our lower ends to handle the increased outputs.

ReedHycalog Drill Bits:We offer drill bits with dedicated flow paths and improved cutter and nozzle geometry to improve your drilling performance.

Agitator Technologies Resources

Learn more about Agitator Systems.

  • Agitator Systems Brochure
  • Agitator Systems Handbook
  • Agitator System Technical Summary
  • AgitatorHE System Technical Summary
  • Proven Configuration FluidHammer and Agitator System Technical Summary
  • Proven in 50K Agitator Flyer
  • No One Else has an Agitator System Flyer
  • Agitator Tool and MOCS Save Multiple Trips Case Study
  • Agitator System Improves Sliding ROP by 50% Case Study
  • Substantial ROP Increase Accomplished with NOV Tools Case Study

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