Customizable well stimulation vessel targets Gulf of Mexico shelf

Posted on 27 November 2013

Baker Hughes' StimFORCE modular stimulation system combines the capabilities of a  stimulation pumping vessel with the flexibility of modular skid units.

Baker Hughes’ StimFORCE modular stimulation system combines the capabilities of a stimulation pumping vessel with the flexibility of modular skid units.

By Joanne Liou, associate editor 

Additional capacity on a new stimulation vessel dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) will allow multiple treatments for well stimulation, fracturing and acidizing, and sand control operations in a single trip – lowering costs and reducing NPT. Baker Hughes’ StimFORCE vessel, which began sea trials on 5 November, targets the GOM shelf market and can operate in water depths as shallow as 18 ft, Rick Jeffrey, product line sales manager for Baker Hughes, said. The vessel provides customized pumping stimulation solutions, with an emphasis on frac packing service and well stimulation services the GOM.

The stimulation system onboard the vessel, also called StimFORCE, is made up of a flexible tank system, which provides up to 1,400-bbl solvent-xylene capacity and/or an acid system package with capacities of up to 25,000-gal raw acid storage. The vessel, which can be rigged up with job-specific modular components, provides increased flexibility for well stimulation operations. StimFORCE GOM was built to free up Baker Hughes’ two other stimulation vessels in the region for deepwater operations, Paul Unwin, director-pressure pumping, GOM geomarket, said during a media tour earlier this month in Houma, La.

Because of the imbalance in supply and demand of stimulation vessels, Baker Hughes had to turn down jobs in the GOM. “We saw a need to add more capacity to meet our clients’ need in the market,” Mr Jeffrey added. Baker Hughes deployed a StimFORCE system in 2007 in West Africa on a client-provided supply vessel. The deployment of future StimFORCE systems are being considered based on market demand, Mr Jeffrey noted.

The StimFORCE GOM vessel is the newest addition to Baker Hughes’ fleet of stimulation vessels since the Blue Tarpon was launched in 2011. The vessel is equipped with five 15,000-psi triplex pumps and two 45 bbl/min frac blenders. The vessel is configured with flexible-steel umbilical lines that allow up to 70 bbl/min pumping rates with a pumping capacity of 8,800 hydraulic horsepower. The pressure-pumping flexibility supports low-rate, low-volume gravel packing with a gravel infuser and supports fracturing and large-volume well stimulation operations.

Designed and constructed by Bordelon Marine, the DP2 vessel features a 185-ft by 44-ft cargo deck, Wes Bordelon, president/owner of Bordelon Marine, explained. The deck provides flexibility and space that can be reconfigured based on a job for multiple well acid or chemical treatments in a single trip.

The open-deck design of the StimFORCE and ISO twist-lock connections supports the flexibility of its modular system. Equipment can be moved or replaced without chains or temporary attachments, Mr Jeffrey said. A quality control laboratory is onboard the vessel, and the stimulation system enhances reliability with a mix-on-the-fly fluid system.

Baker Hughes’ Blue Tarpon and Blue Dolphin stimulation vessels in the GOM target deepwater operations. The Blue Tarpon is equipped with 15,000-psi pumps with 24,000 hydraulic horsepower. The Blue Dolphin launched in 2009 and is rated to 20,000 psi and provides 23,000 hydraulic horsepower. Both have a maximum pump rate of 80 bbl/min.

StimFORCE is a trademark of Baker Hughes.

 

Browse Image Gallery

Click the thumbnails to expand images.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Thacker Says:

    Impressive vessel. Good work Bordelon Marine.

Leave a Reply

*

FEATURED MICROSITES


Recent Drilling News

  • 31 March 2015

    ExxonMobil begins production at Hadrian South in Gulf of Mexico

    ExxonMobil has begun production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) at Hadrian South, with facilities tied back to the nearby Lucius project. Daily gross production...

  • 31 March 2015

    Active risk assessment, global sharing at core of Nabors safety intervention program

    Gagan Singhal, Area Manager at Nabors Drilling International, outlined a new safety intervention system that helps the company...

  • 30 March 2015

    National Petroleum Council: US can safely tap Arctic resources to secure energy needs

    Prudently developing US Arctic oil and natural gas resources would enhance America’s position as a global leader in energy production for the next 35 years...

  • 30 March 2015

    Joint safety improvement plan aligns HSE objectives, “language” for Shell, Halliburton

    Speaking at a joint presentation with Halliburton at the 2015 IADC HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference in Kuala Lumpur on 12 March, Alain Moonen...

  • 27 March 2015

    Gravity-deployed carbon composite cable completes first commercial deployment offshore Norway

    Ziebel, a Stavanger-based provider of specialist well intervention services for the oil and gas industry, announced that its Z-Line gravity-deployed...

  • Read more news