Huisman Autotripping Systeem
Huisman recently developed an Automatic Tripping System (autotripping) which is installed onboard the ‘Noble Globetrotter II’ drillship. The Huisman automatic tripping system further improves the efficiency and safety of the drilling process onboard.
Doubel digit operational efficiency increase
The new autotripping system allows for fully automated tripping in and out cycles including all related equipment. Systems, such as both pipe rackers, setback drums and the drawworks, are controlled in parallel. This results in an increase in operational efficiency of 24%. During tripping, the driller can fully focus on the drilling process and can choose what operational steps are confirmed before tripping continues. The Noble Globetrotter II drillship is now ideally suited to be the most efficient drilling vessel particulary in ultra-deepwater drilling conditions.
Safe and simple operations
The system can be stopped quickly and safely with a single touch of the ‘controller’. Added detection equipment such as pipe detection sensors optimise the speed, reliability and safety of the operation. No personnel is required on the drill floor during the fully automated ‘tripping’ operation resulting in improved safety and working conditions on the drill floor and reduced personnel costs.
User friendliness of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) has been a major focus point during the design process. Workshops with both Noble driller crews and Huisman engineers, using the Huisman Drilling Tower Simulator, have resulted in a system that is optimised for the operational procedures.
The innovative Noble Globetrotter drillships, based on a Huisman design, represent a true step-change in the construction of ultra-deepwater drillships. The vessels offer improved operational efficiency due to the different equipment layout and are equipped with Huisman’s state-of-the-art drilling package.
For more information read our press release on the Automatic Tripping System.