Expro Wins New Technology Award at OTC Houston 2018
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30 April 2018Leading international oilfield services company, Expro, has been recognised for its commitment to technological innovation after being awarded a Spotlight on New Technology™ award, at this year’s OTC Houston conference.
Scrutinised by a panel of industry experts, these awards highlight the best technological innovations from businesses around the world, which Expro has received for its Next Generation Landing String (NGLS). Launched at last year’s OTC conference, this in-riser well intervention technology meets the integrity, compliance and robustness required of landing strings under the new upcoming API 17G 3rd edition, while also delivering the time and cost efficiencies demanded in today’s energy industry.
The NGLS comprises a five-phase programme of work to deliver a complete landing string package, including a range of new functionality across its 7 3/8 valves. It incorporates a high debris tolerant ball mechanism and hydraulic latch mechanism, dual seal protection for both environment and control systems, increased cutting capability, and a fail ‘as is’ retainer valve with the ability to close after a blowout preventer shear scenario.
The new functionality is proven through extensive connector testing and analysis, allowing the development of structural and fatigue capacities to increase the operating limits of the overall system. This is complemented by a comprehensive data and fatigue life cycle management system, which increases overall safety and integrity – with the landing string certified Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 compliant.
In-riser well intervention can also lower well commissioning and intervention costs by minimising rig times, often installing/completing in one run, thereby improving efficiencies during operations. Ultimately, the system can save millions of dollars per well, compared to traditional methods.
Expro’s Subsea Vice President, Colin Mackenzie, said: "At Expro, we are acutely aware of the challenges facing the industry. The NGLS is the result of a five-year investment and development programme, which we undertook with the aim of delivering an optimal subsea well intervention and commissioning system.
"This prestigious award recognises our commitment to providing industry solutions, while maintaining our active engagement in the committees responsible for driving these robust subsea safety and integrity standards.”
Expro’s North and Latin America Region Vice President, Jean Moritz, added: "New technology development remains a key focus for Expro. Alongside the NGLS, we are presenting a range of new technologies and partnerships across the full life cycle of the well at OTC Houston. From advanced reservoir surveillance solutions delivered through our wireless gauge technology, through to later life intervention and abandonment services – we remain fully focused on changing industry demands.
"OTC Houston continues to draw a global audience, providing an excellent opportunity to meet with customers and showcase these exciting new developments.”