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Ingersoll Rand, Famco’s tie-up working well
Famco sees demand rising in local markets for Ingersoll Rand’s feature-loaded MR150 Man Rider Winch
MAN RIDER Oil and gas industrial services provider, Ingersoll Rand, has recently tied-up with Famco, part of Dubai-based conglomerate Al-Futtaim Group, to sell its personnel lifting product – the MR150 Man Rider – in the local market.
The MR150 has built-in safety mechanisms, including a slack line prevention system and an emergency lowering system, as well as a number of intuitive design elements that help rig workers protect themselves and co-workers during operation.
The MR150 is fitted with stainless steel components and marine-grade paint to reduce corrosion and withstand harsh environments. One of the significant safety features of the Man Rider is that, if the winch line gets caught or snagged, the slack line prevention system on the MR150 immediately shuts down operation of the winch, stopping the winch from turning out more line, and helping to prevent the rider from falling.
The slack arm sits only four inches from the winch drum, providing more clearance for equipment above, and reducing the footprint the winch takes up on the deck of the rig, where space is at a premium.
Canadian pipeline company orders Blackline’s Lone Bridge worker safety monitoring technology
THE DEAL: Blackline Safety Corp (TSV VENTURE: BLN) recently announced that a Canada-based pipeline company purchased over $440,000 in Loner Bridge Systems and services to monitor its lone workers.
EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Blackline’s Loner safety monitoring portfolio offers real-time safety incident awareness, delivering help within minutes, instead of hours – or potentially days – later. Targeting every industry, employee role and location, the Loner solutions are promoted through Blackline’s offices in Canada and the UK and sold through a growing network of international distributors. Loner products alert monitoring personnel to a safety incident, locate the employee, and empower the most efficient emergency response.
How is business for Blackline? Although energy sector commodities have softened over the last year, Blackline has received several orders from top-tier upstream and mid-stream organisations since the beginning of Q4 2015.
Packers Plus takes risk out of HPHT wells
Completion technology lowers operational risk when drilling in challenging formations
DOWNHOLE TECHNOLOGY The Packers Plus StackFRAC Titanium XV multi-stage completion system enables operators to stimulate wells in situations where high treating pressures are required for zones with high fracture gradients or breakdown pressures.
Rock temperatures above 149˚C and pressures above 10,000 pounds per square inch (psi) are used to describe high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) wells. For tools to function safely without failure in this environment, it is critical for materials to be carefully selected and tested to ensure performance. The StackFRAC Titanium XV system builds on the benefits and features of the company’s existing technology, with the added capability of withstanding HPHT environments.
The burst and collapse pressure rating on all metal parts of the Titanium XV system ensures that the liner and tools do not deteriorate when exposed to high differential pressures up to 15,000psi inside the wellbore. The HPHT capability of this system makes it ideal for deep wells with long laterals and tight stage spacing.
Packers Plus said that the product’s HPHT capability was exactly what one operator in Oman was looking for. The operator was working in the Khazzan oilfield and required a completion system with equipment rated for a 15,000psi working pressure. Traditional cemented completions resulted in poor production in the area, and swell packers rated at 10,000psi and above were unproven.
After some consideration, the operator decided to use a ball-activated completion design for the lower toe stages, and a plug-and-perf design for the upper stages. Packers Plus was single-sourced by the operator after an eight-month feasibility study. The Titanium XV tools were successfully tested within just six weeks of the project start date.
Since 2011, Packers Plus has completed more than 215 wells using Titanium XV systems, amounting to over 4,050 stages.