The project will be carried out in a three stage process. In a first step, investigations and laboratory tests will be carried out to examine the relevant rock and fluid parameters and thus provide a sound scientific framework for subsequent development work.
These preliminary investigations will be followed by a conception and design phase focusing on component development, including vertical jetting tools, innovative bit designs and new jetting and drilling fluids for hard crystalline rock suitable for high temperature and pressure conditions. All these technologies will be combined into a fast track innovative drilling system, also taking into account casing and cementing issues.
In the final stage, the laboratory results will be validated in a small-scale field test. The project team will build a test facility and prototypes of the drill bit system and fluids and test them on a range of crystalline rock types under real-world conditions.