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ProSep delivers on Johan Castberg

ProSep has supplied three ProSalt units to Equinor for the Johan Castberg field development project, located on the Norwegian continental shelf in the Barents Sea. The technology that incorporates ProSep’s proprietary MAX+ design will provide efficient mixing capabilities and critical benefits: precious water savings and achieving required salt concentration.  ProSep’s mixers have been designed and fabricated to desalt the oil by mixing it with injected wash water in two different stages; firstly, downstream of inlet/test separators, and secondly downstream of a stabilization separator.  “It has been a great pleasure working with Equinor, Aker Solutions and our suppliers/sub-suppliers on the Johan Castberg project,” Rafael Ramirez, Senior Project Manager for ProSep, said. “ProSep’s team and its stakeholders effectively achieved the completion of this project, fulfilling the rigor of Norsok ...

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Halliburton sets record for deepwater liner hanger installations on Hess Stampede Project

Halliburton today announced its XtremeGrip liner hangers have been installed to a depth of 30,924 ft in the Gulf of Mexico Hess-operated Stampede deepwater development, setting a record depth for the system. To facilitate the completions, the company installed 37 XtremeGrip expandable liner hangers across seven wells to date, with no liner-top leaks or remedial work required. The challenge for the company on the Stampede project was to isolate multiple hydrocarbon-bearing sands across the drilling and production liners with cement. The XtremeGrip system’s unrestricted flow path prior to setting, and its ability to rotate while cementing, provided effective isolation without costly cement remediation. Each Stampede well includes up to five XtremeGrip liner installations, making the consecutive liner runs a major part of the well construction process. ...

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Self-destroying drill bits could reduce NPT and keep the drill string downhole

Drill bits are one of the most important parts of any rig’s operations, and no matter how well a bit works, it will eventually wear out. The cutters will become dull and less effective, and finally the bit will have to be replaced. Replacing a drill bit a costly, time-consuming operation on any rig today. John Bloomfield, President and Founder of Bloomfield R&D, has envisioned a method that uses disposable, self-destroying cutters to keep the drill string downhole and reduce NPT. Mr Bloomfield presented his idea on 16 August at the IADC ART Spark Tank,  a forum for technology developers to present their innovations to a panel of operators and drilling contractors. Watch DC’s video as Senior Editor Alex Wukman ...

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DNV GL raises the standard for Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP)

DNV GL has launched a new standard that allows operators to choose thermoplastic composite pipes (TCP) instead of steel or traditional flexibles, enabling substantial cost reductions throughout the project lifecycle. After the successful and wide adaptation of the recommended practice (RP) DNVGL-RP-F119 by the industry for qualification of TCP for various applications from dynamic to static applications since its publication in 2015, the RP has now been converted to an official DNV GL standard DNVGL-ST-F119. This reflects the growing confidence in the TCP technology and the methodology of RP to deliver safe and reliable performance to the industry. Almost a decade after the manufacturing of the first Thermoplastic Composite Pipes, this non-metallic pipe concept is increasingly gaining the attention of ...

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Trendsetter Engineering TC7 Connection System makes a splash

Talos Energy successfully deployed and installed a flexible well jumper using Trendsetter Engineering’s TC7 clamp connectors and TEX gaskets to connect the Mt. Providence subsea well to the Pompano template system. The TC7 clamp connectors were supplied as part of a larger scope of work where Trendsetter Engineering developed new hardware, including a template adapter module and subsea tree connector porch, to assist Talos Energy facilitate long term growth from their existing assets. The Trendsetter Connection System (TCS) is a family of subsea connector solutions developed to meet industry needs for reliable, innovative connector products. The heart of the TCS is Trendsetter’s proprietary TEX metal‐to‐metal (MTM) gasket system. Trendsetter first introduced its subsea connector and TEX gasket technology to the ...

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High-durability PDC bit designed for demanding applications

Ulterra Drilling Technologies has introduced its XP line of extreme-performance PDC bits. These bits are designed to provide improved results in the toughest drilling applications, including hard rock, transition zones and highly interbedded lithologies. The XP bit series is based on a bit body engineered to ensure structural integrity under extreme drilling conditions. This level of design allows the bit to withstand more demanding drilling parameters, including greater weight-on-bit (WOB), without sacrificing rate of penetration (ROP). Along with high structural integrity, the bits’ cutter positioning and force balancing are both optimized for reduced tangential overload, to deliver maximum stability under the load of high energy inputs.  XP drill bits are optimized for each application, and paired with the latest application-specific premium ...

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Trelleborg announces new rotary seal for high pressure oil & gas applications

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has launched a new polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based O-Ring energized single-acting rotary seal, the Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL. This seal is designed to meet the demands of high pressure rotary applications within the oil and gas industry. The product provides improved dynamic sealing efficiency and reduced friction by balancing the contact force on the dynamic lip under all service conditions, allowing for superior extrusion resistance and low torque. The seal is available in the company’s proprietary XploR range of NORSOK and API compliant materials. David Brown, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Global Director – Lead Group Oil & Gas, said, “Trelleborg Sealing Solutions specializes in solving extreme oil and gas challenges, as evidenced by the new Turcon Roto Glyd Ring DXL. Compared to ...

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