The Journey of FAST

How we developed the most durable stabiliser in the industry

2012: Ideation

More than ten years ago, we came together as a team to evaluate critical areas of improvement in drilling operations. Between us, we had over 190 years of experience in the industry and had all faced similar challenges in operations, most notably stabiliser wear, causing significant drilling delays and downhole failures. We found that no technological advancements had been made in drilling stabiliser technology for over 50 years. So, it was clear the industry desperately needed a more durable stabiliser.


Over the following months, we worked together to conceptualise a solution, conducting extensive research. That’s how FAST started. Though we knew what we wanted to create in 2013, it wasn’t until 2018 that FAST Technology Solutions Limited was formed and all tools commercialised. In the six years that followed the initial identification of the challenge and solution, we spent thousands of hours researching and testing materials, designs, and manufacturing options.

2013 – 2014: Identifying the world’s most durable material

The first year was all about materials. We partnered with leading European universities to carry out a series of laboratory tests of materials to clearly understand which material would be the most effective. We were looking to create the world’s most durable stabiliser reamer, so we had to ensure we had the best materials. We spent most of the following year researching and working on designs; we spent over 3,000 hours on this. The hard work paid off as, in 2014, we received confirmation that the patented FAST, diamond-impregnated material was the world’s most durable material within drilling.

2015 – 2017: First designs and runs

With the perfect material under our belts, we turned our attention to design. In 2015, we completed the design and manufacturing of the first 6” tools. The first run of the 6” tool proved performance enhancements and resulted in the commission of additional sizes. So, in 2017 we successfully tested 17½” tools and funded additional builds. We have since created a 6”, 8½”, and 17½” stabiliser reamer.

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2018 – present day: Commercialisation and deployment

By 2018 we knew we had created something which could significantly enhance drilling operations. This is when we made the move to form FAST Technology Solutions Limited and commercialise our patented tools.

Having heavily invested time and efforts into the research, design, and manufacturing process we were excited to see our tools in action on a greater scale. Since commercialising in 2018, we have successfully deployed FAST on over 170 runs with excellent operating results every time.

Though we are now focused on the on-going deployment of FAST we continue to review our offering and identify further solutions. In 2022, we launched FAST Non-Mag, thus allowing FAST to be positioned anywhere in the BHA. We have also deployed FAST internationally, most recently in the GCC.

Learn more about the deployment of FAST in the GCC.

Our journey has had several milestones, but we are still in the early stages. We are incredibly proud to say that we have pioneered the world’s first patented stabiliser-reamer, proven to be the most durable stabiliser in the industry. We look forward to continuing the deployment of our tools in the industry.

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Case Study: Deploying FAST in the GCC

Learn about the first introduction of Friction Adjustable Stabiliser Technology (FAST) in the GCC region.


The following challenges were observed.

  • Drilling Bottom Hole Assembly (BHA) dysfunction, impacting drilling performance
  • Vibration and stick-slip, limiting the Rate of Penetration (ROP) and often leading to BHA failure cases.
  • Unsatisfactory borehole quality.

Outlined success criteria

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What we did

After identifying the challenges being faced on offshore drilling operations, a planned trial of FAST was scheduled.

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The trial process was broken down as follows:


  • Review the BHA to agree on the final BHA design & positioning of FAST
  • Define the mobilisation schedule (tool & personnel)


  • Drilling Operation Team to ensure the drilling parameters and drilling practice is implemented as per Drilling Instruction
  • Field Engineer to ensure safe installation on site, provide technical feedback to Drilling Supervisor
  • Monitoring support in town by Drilling Real-Time Team


  • Data gathering for technical analysis by Drilling Technology Team & Drilling Engineering Team

○ Review BHA performance (drilling) & vibration

○ Review trip-out performance

○ Review performance for RIH casing or lower completion

  • Capture the lessons learned


FAST tool diminishes the risk of BHA damage so that you can reduce rig costs and deliver your project on time. By maximising penetration rate and curtailing reaming time, FAST ensures that you minimise your flat time.

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FAST is designed with the following features to address critical industry challenges, such as those experienced in this project.

  • Friction control is obtained from unique inserts surface geometry which allows fluid bypass and lubrication that reduce friction heat build-up.
  • Fixed reamer stabiliser with insert placement and taper angle transition designed for the optimum bi-directional reaming operation. In addition to this, no moving parts = no limits on downhole revolutions.
  • Superior wear resistance thanks to unique and high-quality features due to the diamond-impregnated inserts.


Health & Safety Environment

  • No HSE incidents were recorded with FAST on 3 runs in 12 ¼” hole and 4 runs in 6″ hole.


  • No NPT was associated with FAST string stabilisers during the 7 trial applications.
  • Minimised vibration/stick-slip
  • FAST delivered good quality borehole.


  • 2.4 days saved overall.

○ 48 hours saved – corresponding to the average NPT for tripping out the BHA following a BHA component failure.

○ 9.6 hours saved – corresponding to the trip-out performance in 6″ hole section is improved by achieving higher than P10 speed (292 ft/hr).

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FAST continues to deliver benefits to the client with two additional trial runs since this review.

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