A JOINT industry project (JIP) launched between Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and Perth-based Clearview Well Services will develop camera technology that according to ITF could deliver significant savings during drilling operations.

Clearview will build a prototype to live test its CDFC, a multi-function camera that will carry out jet blasting during visual inspections.

The CDFC can be quickly deployed by helicopter to carry out the operations in one trip of the drill string, with the camera and functions operated via fibre optics from the surface.

ITF said the technology required about 50 per cent less rig time than traditional methods, leading to savings of around $600,000 per 1,000 metres in rig time, which would increase the deeper the well.

Launched with the support of two oil and gas operator members of the ITF, a joint venture between 30 oil majors and service companies, funding from the JIP will be used to create a prototype for a live test within six months.

ITF said it anticipates the technology will be qualified and moving to manufacture before summer 2016.

Clearview Well Services inventor and director Dale Parker said currently during inspections existing drill string mounted cameras flush the area with clean fluid, but carry out a separate time-consuming operation if the area requires cleaning.

“Our system includes a flushing function and also a high pressure jet cleaning action for the internals of the blow out preventer, wellhead, tree, hydraulic couplings and riser surfaces,” he said.

“It will then repeat the flushing, so that in one operation the area can be viewed, cleaned and checked. It means that operators don’t have to carry out the work ‘blind’ or in two additional trips.”

ITF chief executive Patrick O’Brian said despite the downturn there is still an appetite for innovations, especially innovations that deliver efficiency savings.

“Two of our global operator members took a great interest in the proposal from Clearview Well Services. It is a costly global challenge which will be of great interest to the wider industry,” Mr O’Brian said.