Faster and Less-Expensive Drilling for Oil and Gas Thanks to Alcoa Aluminum Drill Pipes
Alcoa’s innovative and proprietary aluminum alloy drill pipe is a tapered, high-strength, aluminum alloy tube with a steel tool joint using a proprietary thermal connection technology that allows steel tool joints to be attached to the aluminum pipe body. Produced in 30-foot aluminum tube sections, the Alcoa drill pipe is approximately 40% lighter than steel drill pipe and can increase drilling reach 20% or more. Given the weight advantage and less friction, especially in extended-reach wells, the aluminum pipe can improve rotational speeds and rate, which allows for reduced drilling time and cost. For many long wells, this process can save days of drilling time for signifi cant savings to our customers.