With the introduction of the patented Genesis BQ series oil rig, B Robotics W Srl, an Italian oil rig manufacturer, sets a new standard for rig safety, performance, and speed.1 The Genesis Rig represents the most important advancement in new technology since 1923, when rigs transitioned from percussion to rotary systems.2
For more than 60 years, the diesel electric rig has been the stable of the industry. It utilizes a drawworks to spool a cable in and out to hoist and lower drill strings, etc.3
The Genesis Rig’s key innovation is the replacement of the drawworks with long-stroke hydraulic cylinders (installed on each side of the mast frame), which are safer, more powerful, dependable, and precise.4 The cylinders are activated by rugged gear pumps controlled by VFD modules, which alter the volume of oil delivery and traveling speed of the top drive.
The hydraulic cylinders’ fixed stroke makes possible the rig’s second major advancement – the highly reliable automation of repetitive actions, including tubular handling, string pull out and running, casing running, drilling, etc.
As a result of the hydraulic cylinders and automation, the Genesis Rig can trip in and out at a speed of more than 1.5 m/sec, compared to .5 -.6 m/sec for a conventional rig, as well as handle three range 2 drill pipes.
The Rig’s automation also is central to its ability to operate in severe hot and cold temperatures. Automation eliminates the need for workers on the drilling platform and monkey board. A single individual in the climate-controlled driller’s cabin can trip, change bits, change stabilizers, etc. Chillers prevent electric motors on the Genesis Rig from losing power from overheating in warm climates. And heated water is pumped through the system to allow the rig to operate in extreme cold temperatures.
Knowing that rig breakdowns can be costly, engineers at B Robotics W carefully selected components for the Genesis Rig based on dependability and field tests. The Rig’s systems are designed for simplicity in function, ease in understanding, and low maintenance. Redundancies are built into key components to eliminate single-point failures.
The Genesis Rig operates quieter than traditional rigs, requires minimal maintenance, and uses 30% less fuel (power is recovered during tripping in). It has a smaller footprint and requires 40% fewer standard trailers for transportation due to its engineering design, lighter weight, and fewer components. No oversize/overweight trailers are required.
The Genesis Rig saves money in many ways. Fewer workers are required for operation. A smaller crew, in turn, reduces the camp’s dimension, including kitchen and living area, and lowers lodging expenses. Projects are completed in less time, using less fuel. Low maintenance minimizes stoppages. And in harsh climates, the Rig can operate efficiently.
With these many innovations, the Genesis Rig redefines the oil drilling rig, making it unmatched in its ability to operate safer, better, and faster.
1 B Robotics W manufactures four Genesis BQ rigs: BQ 200, BQ 250, BQ 400, and BQ 500, with a 160-700 ton static hook capacity.
2 This assessment was made by a group of engineers at a major U.S. oil and gas company.
3 Drawworks typically include a drum, motor(s), reduction gear, brake and auxiliary brake.
4 The patented hydraulic cylinders lift weight by pulling on the cylinder rod instead of pushing, thus there is no dead end load on the shaft.