www.starironworks.com 257 Caroline Street Punxsutawney, PA 15767 800-927-0560 • 814-427-2555 Fax: 814-427-5164 SERVING THE WATER WELL INDUSTRY Serving the Drilling Industry 18 JUNE 2020 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® New Deep Drilling Technology Passes the Test Adapted from Information by Strada Global Earlier this year, we covered the story of a new dual circulation water hammer from Strada Global (see Testing New Technology for Geothermal Drilling in the February 2020 issue). The testing has been completed and the patented deep drilling technology from Strada, the Fluid Hammer Operating System (FHOS), was very successful. This proven technology is set to revolutionize traditional drilling techniques and makes large-scale geothermal applications possible and profitable, regardless of resource depth and local geology. This technology also has the potential to work for critical infrastructure projects requiring safe, fast, and affordable drilling. During testing conducted in Australia, the company was able to successfully demonstrate the advantages of FHOS by producing a significantly higher drilling rate in hard rock, along with deeper drilling capability, and better safety. This important final testing followed the approval of Strada’s patented system by the Lloyds Register. It found this new technology could achieve depths of over 19,500 feet and is capable of reducing drilling costs by up to 70% when compared to existing technolo- gies, due to quicker drilling, longer drill bit life, and reduced mobilization costs. Strada CEO Ben Strange stated, “Geothermal energy has the greatest potential of any renewable resource on the planet today. Until now, it has been one of the least used. Strada [is] incredibly excited to launch a proven drilling solution that can disrupt global energy markets by unlocking previously unattainable geothermal resources, anywhere in the world. Our patented technology has the potential to solve the world’s electricity, district heating, cooling, and clean water needs, all from a renewable re- source.” The FHOS skillfully combines the advantages and safety of a mud rotary system, with the high penetration rates for hard formations found in air hammer percussion drilling systems. Best of all, it can be easily adapted to most drilling rigs. In 2016, using air hammer technology coupled with experience, the Strada Team drilled to about 14,830 feet in the hardest rock formations in Finland, in a mere 89 days. Now fully tested, FHOS technology delivers additional cost savings and safety advantages for global geothermal energy and underwater drilling for critical infrastructure projects. Currently, geothermal projects have been limited due to the difficulty, expense, and geographical restrictions of drilling down far enough to reach some geothermal resources. Strada’s proven technology helps solve the issue, by unlocking deep geothermal sources for the production of geothermal energy. GEO FHOS technology could help bring geother- mal power to countries around the world.