Alcoa Oil & Gas was awarded a contract from Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) to produce 3,500 feet of aluminum alloy drill pipe for gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation.
Alcoa’s 4.5” pipe will allow drillers to reach a total depth of approximately 7,500 feet, 1,000 feet deeper than conventional pipe. Alcoa’s pipe is a tapered, high-strength, aluminum alloy tube coupled with proprietary thermal connection technology that allows steel tool joints to attach to the aluminum pipe’s body optimizing its strength-to-weight ratio. This innovation in strength makes the pipe 50 percent lighter than steel pipe.
“The high strength-to-weight ratio of Alcoa pipe will allow PGE to drill deeper with less energy-intensive rigs and to maintain a smaller drilling footprint, which is a win for PGE, our land owners, and the environment,” said Justin L. Hansen, Drilling Engineer, PGE.
“We are pleased that Pennsylvania General Energy recognizes the value Alcoa drill pipe can bring to challenging drilling projects like those in the Marcellus Shale formation,” said Dr. Jamal Righi, General Manager, Alcoa Oil & Gas. “For deep drilling, it is possible to move twice the amount of Alcoa pipe than steel pipe, with reduced torque and drag, making Alcoa pipe the preferred drill pipe for efficient deep-drilling exploration.”
Pennsylvania General Energy has 30-plus years of oil and natural gas development experience in the Appalachian Basin and was one of the first companies to explore the Marcellus formation and successfully drill a well in 2005.
Alcoa Oil & Gas offers customized solutions specific to the oil and gas and neighboring industries, including strong, light weight Aluminum Alloy Drill Pipe, subsea riser systems, engineered forgings and extrusions and fabricated products.