The Genesis Rig is designed with safety as the highest priority.
Most worker injuries occur on the drilling platform and monkey board. The Genesis Rig automates repetitive drilling actions in these areas, substantially reducing the risk of an accident. The automation lowers the number of workers needed to operate the rig by more than 50%; tubular handling and drilling requires just a driller during 12 hour shift.5
The risk of a cable failure on the Genesis Rig is extremely low. The Rig’s four pulling cables are rated at 15,000 hours (4-5 years). By contrast, the drawworks cable in a traditional rig is repeatedly spooled in and out, causing wear and tear, and must be replaced annually.
Two of the four pulling down cables are sufficient to hold the entire hook load capacity. In the very unlikely event of a catastrophic cable failure, a patented braking system locks the top drive to the mast guides to prevent it from falling.
The Rig’s hydraulic cylinders and their fixed stroke are intrinsically safer than drawworks, which must be inspected annually due to potential failures.
Instead of losing power through an electromagnetic brake, the Genesis Rig slows a string by sending oil back to the gear pumps, causing them to rotate backwards, which produces electrical power for use by the Rig’s utilities.
5 For a 24 hour period, only five crew members are needed to operate the Genesis Rig, including one supervisor, two drillers, one mud engineer, one mechanic, and one electrical engineer. A traditional rig has a crew of 17-18 workers (one supervisor, two drillers, two assistant drillers, one mud engineer, eight helpers, two roughnecks, one mechanic, and one electrical engineer).