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BAKKEN BREAKOUT • Spring 2011


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We Have The Right People The Right Parts And The Right Service To Keep You Running.


Image courtesy of Baker Hughes


Horizontal wells in the Bakken are drilled in three stages: the vertical well bore, the curve and the horizontal, or lateral, section. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has allowed companies to recover unconventional resources in the Bakken shale play.


Since 1980, Western Engineered Solutions has been a reliable partner to the oilfield service industry. WES has consistently delivered cost efficient electrical and mechanical repair of oil field DC motors, generators and pump motors, and recently completed the repair of many variable frequency AC drill motors.


Some of the many uncompromising quality shop


services our Bismarck facility provides includes: • Complete AC and DC rewind services with latest insulation technologies and design improvements. • Comprehensive machining capability • In house dynamic balancing. • Circuit breaker testing and repair


Recognizing the importance of reliability and performance improvement, our experienced field service professionals provide 24 hour on-site repair expertise that includes:


Image courtesy of Baker Hughes


Once a horizontal well has been drilled, the process of hydraulic fracturing produces fissures in the rock allowing the oil to flow more easily. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has allowed companies to recover unconventional resources in the Bakken shale play.


experience a lot of friction sliding, but rotary steerable systems are always turning while they are steered around the horizontal bend.


“You’re continually rotating from the surface,” he said. “The advantage is you can drill faster, and you generally get a better quality well with a nicer, straighter hole.”


If it works out, the technique could


change the horizontal drilling process. Meanwhile, improvements in logging- while-drilling technologies are enhancing both drilling and fracking.


Logging-while-drilling technology gathers information about the reservoir while the well bore is being drilled. To this point, oil companies in the Bakken have often used gamma ray tools to help them ‘see’ where they are going. “More and more it’s important to


• Complete drill rig electrical evaluation • Rigging, removal and installation of electrical and mechanical equipment


• Dynamic balancing and vibration analysis • Exciter and controls repair and service • Variable frequency drive • Circuit breaker testing • Cable testing


• Emergency and outage support


To compliment our broad scope of services, WES offers quality brand-name new motors, generators, circuit breakers and controls. For your convenience, product installation is also available.


701-258-1097 800-285-2720 1911 Revere Dr. Bismarck ND 58501


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