Electromagnetic pipe inspection tool reduces nonproductive time
Halliburton has released the Electromagnetic Pipe Xaminer V (EPX V) service. This new technology allows operators to address well integrity issues, more accurately pinpoint casing defects and metal corrosion in up to five tubular strings throughout the well and reduce nonproductive time, a press release stated. This is the first service that can determine the metal loss and condition for each individual tubular in up to five concentric strings. The tool uses high-definition frequency technology that emits electromagnetic waves continuously into the well tubulars. These waves are sent in multiple distinct frequencies to increase the tool’s performance while proprietary algorithms determine total thickness and metal loss in each pipe. It is fully combinable with other diagnostic services. The EPX V service can be used as a monitoring tool in mature fields for corrosion rates or as a diagnostic tool to find and define integrity issues as they arise. Operators can run the EPX V service in deviated and horizontal wells through multiple conveyance systems. halliburton.com
Gas-tight barrier provides isolation in HP/HT wellbores
Weatherford International Plc has released the ISO Extreme retrievable well barrier, which is qualified to Internal Organization for Standardization 14310 V0 standards for gas-tight isolation, a press release stated. The barrier has a large operational envelope. It is capable of withstanding pressure differentials up to 10,000 psi and temperatures between 4 C and 163 C (40 F and 325 F), which reduces the loss-of-containment risk in extreme environments. ISO Extreme well barriers are available for tubing sizes from 3.5 in. through 7 in. The variety of deployment options (including electric line, slickline, tubing and coiled tubing) further increases operational flexibility. Unlike comparable technologies available for the HP/HT market, the ISO Extreme barrier does not require any nipple profiles and is retrieved by first shifting down to equalize the pressures and then jarring up to release. This safety feature reduces the risk of trapped pressure below the plug prior to releasing. Additionally, the small diameter of the plug enables passage through typical wellbore restrictions for easy deployment and removal, even in challenging environments. weatherford.com
Unlocking the world’s smaller offshore gas assets
Add Energy has partnered with Transborders Energy and joined forces with TechnipFMC and MODEC to create a fast deployment business model for the floating LNG (FLNG) industry that will free up small-scale stranded resources around the world and establish a new concept in global gas field development, a press release stated. The new business model targets discovered gas resources that have little value to their current owners because they are either in remote locations where tieback is capital-intensive or lack an economically viable development concept. Key to the model is the deployment of a small-scale FLNG vessel. Rather than investing up to five years in identifying a gas resource, understanding its size and potential and creating a bespoke development concept, the new model establishes a predefined concept incorporating the use of an about 1-million-ton-per-annum FLNG vessel and applies it to fields that fit the concept. This low-cost concept is designed to unlock hundreds of the world’s previously uneconomic smaller natural gas plays. addenergy.no
System enables true spatial understanding of the downhole environment
Archer has released a new generation of SPACE ultrasound imaging and measurement services that apply ultrasonic techniques such as phased-array beam forming to enable true spatial understanding of the downhole environment, a press release stated. SPACE Vernier is a service designed to maximize well life by measuring the internal and external dimensions of the entire wellbore to generate statistical analysis of localized damage and systemic corrosion. The technology features a no-contact design, which eliminates the risk of damage to the well tubing. As part of the launch Archer has released a rebrand and technical upgrade of its original SPACE technology. SPACE Focus (formerly Forward Viewer) can now operate in temperatures of up to 135 C (275 F) and pressures of up to 7,250 psi. SPACE Panorama (formerly Azimuthal Viewer) is now suitable for 150 C (302 F) and 15,000-psi environments and is also available in a 2-in. size, making it suitable for a wider range of downhole applications. The SPACE range also features a new proprietary adaptive high-speed telemetry system which, combined with digital processing, sets new standards in downhole 3-D image quality. The developments will enable operators to more accurately visualize specifi c well components to identify and measure damage and therefore make better-informed decisions relating to well maintenance and operations. archerwell.com
TCP gun system for extreme high pressures
Expro has released a new extreme high-pressure tubing- conveyed perforating (TCP) gun system, delivering the largest perforation hole area available for frack and gravel pack completions, a press release stated. Designed specifi cally for challenging deepwater environments in the Gulf of Mexico, the Extreme Pressure Series 30,000-psi TCP gun system utilizes super-big hole charge technology, providing best-in-class area open to fl ow to support frack and gravel pack operations, according to the company. Delivering 18 to 22 shots per foot using steel HMX charges, standard casing sizes of 7 in. through 7¾ in., in combination with the 4¾ in. outer diameter (OD) system, will achieve 6 in. to 7 in. area open to fl ow. However, larger casing sizes of 9 in. through 10¾ in. utilizing the 65⁄8 in. OD system will deliver a 13-in. to 15-in. area open to fl ow. Developed in collaboration with GEODynamics, the system is complemented by Expro’s fully rated dual-hydraulic fi ring heads and drillstem testing tools for underbalanced perforating applications. exprogroup.com
Service delivers on-demand measurements
Flow-Cal Inc. has developed the CALCit.Cloud cloudbased service that provides on-demand measurement calculations, a press release stated. The new CALCit. Cloud service joins Flow-Cal’s suite of products supporting current calculation libraries. The company’s CALCit application uses the latest industry standard calculations, allowing users to perform various spot calculations including gas volume, plate size, liquid correction factors and speed of sound. Flow-Cal also offers these same industry-standard calculations as subroutines available as source code in C computer language or as a dynamic link library that can be integrated into other applications. Subscribers to the CALCit.Cloud service can request measurement calculations via a cloudbased platform hosted by Flow-Cal. The calculations are then processed through a database, and the results are returned to the subscriber. This service can be used to create custom measurement applications that support current calculation libraries, helping users maintain contract compliance and minimize operation and maintenance costs. flowcal.com
Companies partner to advance subsea robotic inspection
Avitas Systems, a GE Venture, announced a partnership with Kraken Robotics Inc. to integrate AUVs, acoustic and laser sensor technology, and artifi cial intelligence-based navigation software into unique subsea inspection solutions for the oil and gas, offshore renewable energy and shipping industries, a press release stated. Routine subsea inspections can be slow and costly and often include manual visual inspection with a large margin of error. Utilizing enhanced imaging technology and inspection solutions will improve the jobs of inspectors and increase safety, accuracy, speed, cost effi ciency and asset longevity. Avitas Systems will be able to complete subsea inspection with reduced cost, time and operational footprint. Kraken Robotics brings a broad range of cost-effi cient AUV technologies such as sensors, pressure-tolerant batteries, thrusters and control electronics. Avitas Systems will integrate these technologies into an autonomous subsea inspection system. The data from this inspection will be uploaded into a platform that includes robust data ingestion, automatic defect recognition, predictive analytics and a cloud-based visualization portal for oil and gas and offshore energy customers. Avitas Systems provides autonomous inspection with robots that can target specifi c points on industrial assets and follow precise paths from digitized 3-D models. The paths’ repeatability enables artifi cial intelligence- based change detection and automated defect recognition for smarter inspection scheduling based on anticipated risk. Early detection and resolution of potential industrial issues means safer, more reliable operations and enhanced asset integrity. Working with Kraken Robotics, Avitas Systems will now be able to apply this process to underwater inspections. The partnership expands capabilities for inspections of ship and FPSO hulls, underwater production fields, subsea pipelines and cables, and offshore wind farm assets. avitas-systems.com, krakenrobotics.com
New flowmeter halves capital costs for shale
Emerson has released a new version of its Roxar Multiphase Meter (MPFM) 2600—a small, cost-effective and modular flowmeter specifically designed to address the flow profiles of North American shale fields and provide a meter suitable for the lifetime of the wells, a press release stated. Through switching from one separator per well to one Roxar multiphase meter per well, operators can reduce facilities capital investments at the well pad by more than 50%. Other operator benefits include improved and more accurate well allocation, a reduced well pad footprint and reduced environment exposure as tanks are pushed downstream to central facilities where they can be more efficiently monitored for regulatory and environment compliance. The new compact MPFM 2600 is part of the scalable Roxar Multiphase Meter product family built on measurement principles used in more than 1,500 meter installations worldwide and enables shale operators to monitor the flow from the wellstream continuously and in real time. emerson.com/multiphase
Hydraulic fracturing technology increases SRV
GTI has released PerfExtra, a patented method for achieving efficient perforation breakdown during fracturing with simple and low-risk implementation, a press release stated. The technology promotes breakdown of nonproductive perforations and an increase in stimulated rock volume (SRV). This can result in improved hydrocarbon recovery without increasing perforating, fluid or proppant costs. GTI believes that PerfExtra is broadly applicable to well completions in all unconventional basins. The organization has spent more than six years developing, validating and enhancing PerfExtra and is offering the technology under license to oil and gas producers worldwide. gastechnology.org
New HP/HT subsea valve coating developed and deployed for first time
An international collaboration between Hardide Coatings and Master Flo Valve Inc. (MFV) has developed a new coating to protect HP/HT subsea choke valves, a press release stated. The valves are the first of their kind to feature the Hardide-T coating, which can be applied to choke valve stems so they can withstand temperatures up to 204 C (400 F) and pressures of 20,000 psi. MFV found that alternative hard coatings previously applied to the stem assembly were not rated to sufficiently high temperatures. The challenge was to have a durable coating with a completely smooth finish to form a tight metalto- metal seal. The new coating has been applied to MFV’s P4-15K choke valve, which is rated from -29 C (-20 F) to 204 C and 15,000 psi, and the P4-20K choke valve, which is rated to the same temperatures but to 20,000 psi. They are typically installed on subsea production trees and are used for single/multiphase production or water/ chemical/gas injection. There is also an application for use on a capping stack, designed to be deployed in the event of a blowout situation. hardide.com
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