For drilling contractors a critical task is to manage rig overhauls and equipment upgrades in a timely manner, and within budget. Upgrading of drilling rigs with specialised equipment is common practice and happens every day around the world. A future challenge is the flawless integration of modern drilling equipment that provides an extended functionality and advanced control features. In the future, integration of these upgrades as turnkey solution will be a requirement for successful equipment suppliers and will become a major demand for drilling contractors

This manuscript –outlines the holistic approach of turnkey equipment integration into an existing drilling rig using Bentec's a Top Drive as a practical example. The gap between common upgrade procedures and turnkey upgrade solutions will be discussed based on lessons learned during several field installments. The manuscript also explains a typical project execution, beginning with a comprehensive rig survey, to engineering documentation, equipment integration planning process, installation of equipment, commissioning and the training of operators. During the project phase, the supplier has to consider the integration of the equipment itself – but also has to ensure that all external systems, controls signals and operation procedures are fully considered for a safe and flawless commissioning of the Top Drive package. The requirements for the equipment supplier will significantly change from just supplying upgrades on an equipment level to a turnkey solution provider. The supplier would be responsible for the flawless integration and commissioning of the product and all associated control and operation function. Delivering such a holistic approach requires a solid engineering experience; in-depth understanding of rig controls and signal processing, rig site integrated training support, project coordination and management skills.

This paper uses Bentec Top Drive upgrades as an example and describes in detail how a Top Drive and its turnkey system integration can increase rig performance.

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