E&P Tech: Custom Solutions Enable Reliable Deepwater Well Operations

Customized HPUs can offer specific improvements over off-the-shelf equipment that allow deepwater E&P companies to focus on what they do best—supplying the world with inexpensive energy.

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The Gulf of Mexico is a fragile ecosystem that presents significant challenges to world-leading oil extraction companies as they drill in its depths to provide oil to a world market. It requires significant investments of time and money to make these wells a success without damaging the Gulf’s pristine environment. Companies that decide to take on the challenge must concern themselves with the safety, containment and reliability of their equipment—and the components within them.

Hydraulic pressure units (HPUs) provide steady, medium-to-high pressures to manage safety devices, valves and other critical fluid system components in the wells and are one of the essential pieces of equipment companies must have to operate wells successfully (Figure 1). Without them, systems are prone to breakdowns, resulting in downtime that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per day. Depending on how the well fails, it can also cause safety and environmental risks.

One avenue to finding reliable HPUs is to build customized units in partnership with a reliable equipment supplier. The right supplier should be able to provide ongoing engineering and design support to make it easier to use and service the equipment. This allows oil extraction companies to focus on what they do best—supplying the world with inexpensive energy.

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