Although bit cost comprises a relatively small fraction in a well's budget (+5%), bit performance's impact on overall well cost can be significant. This paper will discuss bit optimization in the Kuwait fields. The paper will address the approach and methods used which include optimizing access to technology, incentive performance and utilizing new technologies.

All this was done in a team environment with the bit manufacturers, which ensured better communications and better access to data.

This approach proved to be effective in reducing the average cost per foot and resulted in drilling cost savings for development wells which will be presented in the body of this paper.

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