Scotland-based technology specialist unveils new tool for restricted oil wells
Well-Centric, a well-known specialist in well integrity and production technology solutions for the oil and gas industry, will launch a new compact milling tool at the SPE ICoTA Well Intervention Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, this month.
The Well-Centric Gate Valve Milling Tool is a milling tool designed to provide access to restricted wells by drilling through stuck gate valves or other blockages.
According to Well-Centric, 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 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.
In a statement, the company said: “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.
“With an incredibly powerful hydraulic motor and safer operation, thanks to fewer exposed rotating parts, the Gate Valve Milling Tool means demanding jobs are completed quickly and efficiently, milling out a gate valve in under three hours.”
Matt Manning, Well-Centric’s engineering manager, said: “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.
“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.
“We are proud to continue innovating and investing in R&D to develop industry-leading solutions. The Gate Valve Milling Tool adds a significant string to our bow and further illustrates our competitive position. We have always recognised the need to develop new technologies and processes that address previous limitations and find a new, proactive approach. The Gate Valve Milling Tool is a prime example of this.”