The innovative FuchsRohr AluDrill aluminum alloy pipe is a lighter, more efficient and highly durable alternative to conventional steel pipes commonly used in the oil and gas industry. As drilling operations in Colorado´s Niobrara formation have shown, the aluminum alloy pipe’s outstanding material properties are able to significantly improve drilling efficiency with up to a 30% ROP increase in sliding mode possible.
Peter Kaufmann, president of OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions (OFDS), the company which develops and produces the aluminum pipes, points out the advantages for drilling operations in demanding downhole and subsea surroundings: “Our pipes are up to 50 percent lighter than similarly-sized steel pipes and completely stable. This helps our clients to save time and money. Among its many benefits, AluDrill pipe can extend the drilling depths of existing installations, which eliminates the need for cost-intensive rig upgrades.”
OFDS is part of the OTTO FUCHS Group based in Meinerzhagen, Germany. This group leverages its extensive experience in metal processing to develop innovative solutions across many key industries. Otto Fuchs established the business in 1910 as a brass foundry. Over the course of more than 100 years, the company grew into an integrated product and service solutions provider with a wide range of clients across the aerospace, automotive and construction industries. Today the OTTO FUCHS group of companies employs more than 9,000 people worldwide and generates an annual turnover of more than USD 2.5 billion.
Comprised of aluminum as well as alloying elements copper and silicon, the specially designed alloy employed in FuchsRohr AluDrill pipe had already demonstrated its lightweight and robust qualities in the demanding aerospace industry before engineers discovered its potential for oil and gas drilling operations.
See the next-generation AluDrill pipe at the OTTO FUCHS Drilling Solutions booth during ADIPEC, Booth Number 8711 at the German Pavilion, November 13-16, 2017.