Frank’s seeks to minimize our environmental impact through pollution prevention, reduction of emissions and natural resource consumption, and recycling waste. We invest in technologies that reduce rig time and optimize operational efficiencies, and ultimately result in less energy consumption.
As a highly visible marker of our commitment to environmental sustainability, our 150,000 sq. ft flagship administrative center in Lafayette is certified by the United States Green Building Council as a LEED Silver building. We are also currently certified to ISO 14001:2015, an environmental management standard, at our operating locations in Aberdeen, Dubai, the Netherlands, and Norway. We actively encourage waste reduction and recycling via regular QHSE communications and campaigns.
We are effectively applying rigless intervention technology to geothermal wells, a renewable energy source.
Our technologies not only make operations safer and more efficient, but also decrease their carbon-intensity by reducing the number of tools that need to be transported and/or diesel-powered.
Reducing Energy Consumption by Maximizing Drilling Efficiency
Tools like the HI TOOL® Harmonic Isolation Tool (pictured left) reduce vibration transmission up the string. This translates into more precise drilling and less energy consumed by the rig to drill the well (mechanical vibration absorbs energy). Our DSTR™ Drill String Torque Reducer and DPTR (Drill Pipe Torque Reducer) are enabling technologies for long, extended reach wells. Without them, some rigs simply would not have the power to reach the target. This may then require additional wells to be drilled. DSTR and DPTR both reduce energy consumption by reducing the amount of power the rig must deliver to the drill string. Our CBI™ Cuttings Bed Impeller removes cuttings from well deviations, also facilitating easier drilling and reduced energy consumption.
Electric Tool Development
Frank’s Electric Tong is the first in a suite of electric rig tools that directly impact our environmental footprint. This is achieved by replacing traditional fluid-power tong systems with one that is completely powered by the rig’s electrical system. The Electric Tong’s unique design allows us to reduce our emissions and carbon footprint by eliminating the need to provide fluid power from a Frank’s-supplied power unit and transporting the power unit to and from the rig site. Additionally, the implementation of a fully-electric tong eliminates the potential for environmental spillage which is known to plague traditional hydraulically-powered systems.
Hydraulic Distribution Module Usage
Our Hydraulic Distribution Module (HDM) is a small-footprint technology that accepts rig hydraulic power, adjusts it to the optimal parameters, and distributes it to multiple pieces of equipment. This capability allows Frank’s to eliminate not just one, but multiple power units from the rig site and the need to transport them, reducing environmental impact as a result.
Establishing Sustainability Benchmarks
As part of our 2020 sustainability goals, we will be exploring methods to establish baseline data related to our carbon footprint. This will allow us to pursue our goals of monitoring and reducing energy consumption through a range of technology-driven efforts intended to reduce personnel and equipment transportation requirements and facilitate more efficient rig operations.