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AutoTrak Curve


AutoTrak Curve Rotary Steerable System: A revolution in unconventional drilling

Rotary steerable systems (RSS) are not new to the world of drilling. In 1997, Baker Hughes commercialized the industry’s first RSS, helping you drill faster and navigate complex reservoirs more precisely. Today, you need assistance in unconventional plays, and Baker Hughes is once again at the forefront with the AutoTrak™ Curve rotary steerable system.

Designed to eliminate days from your drilling operations, the AutoTrak Curve system kicks off deeper into the well and typically drills the vertical, curve, and lateral sections in one smooth, fast run. The ability to reach the reservoir in a single run achieves results faster while also reducing the risk of incidents associated with multiple trips. Deeper kickoffs expose more of the reservoir, allowing you to produce faster and improve recovery from your pay zone.

The rotary closed-loop system delivers consistent steering, even in high stick-slip environments. Continuous string rotation reduces torque and drag for better wellbore quality and reduced cleanup time, simplifying casing and completion runs and enabling more effective hydraulic fracturing.

The latest Baker Hughes PDC bit technology was designed for the AutoTrak Curve system, providing optimum ROP and longer life in tough formations. Improved weight-on-bit transfer delivers longer lateral sections for greater reservoir exposure, ensuring accurate well placement in the right spot.

Meeting the challenges of drilling in unconventional plays—high buildup rates, multiple runs, precise wellbore placement—is time consuming with conventional tools. The AutoTrak Curve system meets those challenges to reduce time on the well with smooth, fast runs.

For more information about how the AutoTrak Curve system can bring the power of RSS to your development drilling operation, contact your local Baker Hughes representative.