Well-Centric has launched a new compact milling tool to provide access to restricted wells by drilling through stuck gate valves or other blockages. Stuck valves can result in a well being out of action for months, if not years, with lost production potentially amounting to millions.
The Gate Valve Milling Tool helps reinstate production safely, quickly and efficiently with minimal operator downtime.
Originally developed as a solution to mill through stuck gate valves, this innovative tool has several further applications. Mill bits can be changed out for magnets, brushes or scrapers, providing additional clean-out capability. Additional drill rods can also be added to reach deeper into the well, past the Xmas tree, to mill obstructions at the tubing hanger.
The Gate Valve Milling Tool can be used both onshore and offshore and boasts a modular design, small footprint and extended stroke to reach deeper into the wellbore. Lubricators are not required to install drill rods, enabling more efficient rig-up and a reduced overall footprint.
Used in conjunction with relevant valves/pump-in subs to maintain well control, the new tool is the latest in a string of technology innovations and well integrity solutions that Well-Centric has brought to the market since its inception. Others include an Annulus Lubrication Filling Valve for more efficient annulus top-up operations and a range of conductor and wellhead stabilising repair clamps.
The Gate Valve Milling Tool is a major success story not only for Well-Centric, but for the industry as a whole. Our team has worked tirelessly from the initial stages of research and development through to testing and bringing the tool to market," Matt Manning, Well-Centric’s Engineering ,manager, said.
“As the sector adjusts to operating in a lower oil price environment, innovation is vital. Solutions must be developed which enable continued or enhanced production at a cost-effective price, whilst maintaining safe and efficient operation," he added.
Well-Centric, alongside Well-SENSE Technology and ClearWELL Oilfield Solutions, is part of FrontRow Energy Technology Group – a group of complementary upstream oil and gas technology focused businesses bringing new solutions to market to meet industry challenges.