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The Badger Explorer™ 1 The Badger Explorer concept A “rigless” method for hydrocarbon exploration whereby a drilling robot transports formation logging.

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1 The Badger Explorer™ 1 The Badger Explorer concept A “rigless” method for hydrocarbon exploration whereby a drilling robot transports formation logging sensors to evaluate a hydrocarbon prospect without constructing a well. The borehole is backfilled by cuttings as the Badger progresses. Picture courtesy of Phillips Petroleum Company

2 The Badger Explorer™ 2 Economic Benefit  Small boat or buoy required for power & communication.  Exploration/appraisal data cost 10% of conventional wells  Also development applications

3 The Badger Explorer™ 3 A “fly by wire” exploration tool  Electric motor driven bit  “Cuttings transported behind tool - excess forced into formation  Communication/power cable spooled from onboard store as drilling progresses

4 The Badger Explorer™ 4 Conventional logging sondes record formation parameters Capacity: m (sub- seabed), 8” borehole 2 to 6 months (depends on rock hardness) Tentative Specifications *Patent Pending

5 The Badger Explorer™ 5 Technical Benefit Continuous High Quality Data recorded in virgin formation – no mud invasion Zero surface emissions No hydro carbons No cuttings No mud Borehole is continuously & permanently plugged

6 The Badger Explorer™ 6 History  Initial “Blue Sky” project with Statoil/BP  “Proof of Concept” - no “show stoppers” Bit cooling, cleaning, ROP & lifetime Well control, cuttings permeability & sealing Cuttings disposal Cable

7 The Badger Explorer™ 7 Plan Feasibility studies:  Fracturing/cuttings injection  Cable deployment/friction  Hole sealing study Fracture test rig

8 The Badger Explorer™ 8 Budget – Key Feasibility Study Borehole fracturing 750 KNOK Cable study 100 KNOK Borehole sealing 150 KNOK Total1000 KNOK Project schedule: 6 Months NFR BIP 35% funding confirmed Seeking industry participation

9 The Badger Explorer™ 9 Commercial Plan Market evaluation Patents Business plans Reward Risk


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