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Issue 31 of the R&D Solutions Newsletter has arrived

R&D SOLUTIONS HOSTED A BESPOKE INTERNAL CUTTER DEMONSTRATION FOR A MAJOR OPERATOR BASED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA – AND THE TOOL PROVED ITS VALUE.

The technology commissioned by local service company Water Cut Australia, which has worked with us for many years to provide inert cutting solutions.

The key criteria? The tool needed to:
- use a non-explosive, non-fire method for cutting
- cut through all casing sizes in a single, controlled rotation
- be simple to install, self-contained and flexible.

It was also required to have a cutting capability up to 30.00”.

>> TURN TO PAGE 2 TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE DEMO

TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHT

TOOL MAKES THE CUT

>> FROM COVER

OVERVIEW

The technology uses a combination of existing components compiled to facilitate precision water jet cutting of steel and concrete. The system combines a Hammelmann Unit, rotational head which connects to the wellhead, pressure to 36,000 psi, internal conduit and a specially designed cutting head able to take the pressure and abrasive to cut point without being destroyed. During water jet cutting on site, a crane ensures that the wellhead being cut is held in position.

SET UP

Prior to the trial, a full HAZID was conducted and an exclusion zone set in place. To conduct a realistic trial, a false cellar was made with different sized casings welded to a false cellar and grouted into position. The jig was
also set in position and confirmed to have 360° free rotation. Finally, all hoses and the Hammelmann unit were set up ready for the cut to take place, a safety brief conducted and JHA checked off.

RESULT

The cutter performed well, jetting through the three casing sizes and grout in under a minute. The technology met all criteria set for proof of concept.

CONCLUSION

The system will be deployed as part of a significant abandonment programme for a major operator in Western Australia.

To find out more about our water jet cutting technology, call us on +61 89486 9350.

THE CUTTER PERFORMED WELL, JETTING THROUGH THE THREE CASING SIZES AND GROUT IN UNDER A MINUTE.

COMPANY UPDATE

AUDIT CONFIRMS OUR QHSE STANDARDS

R&D SOLUTIONS IS AN ACCREDITED ISO 9001:2015 & AS/NZS 4801:2001 COMPANY. BEYOND RETAINING THIS STANDARD, WE WERE THE SUBJECT OF AN EXTENSIVE HSE REVIEW BY A MAJOR OPERATOR FOR FUTURE ABANDONMENT OPERATIONS.

Due to the nature of abandonments and operations involving third parties, our Quality Process Co-ordinator Jordan Furner led the delivery of detailed Work Method Statements and Job Hazard Analysis. The review itself was undertaken by all parties involved in order to meet stringent HSE regulations. It concluded that our HSE processes were of a high standard and work is due to commence in mid Q3 2021.

Jordan says “It would not be possible to meet the high expectations of energy companies without extensive HSE experience, as well as the thorough documentation and review processes that are carried out in advance of Field
Technicians arriving on site.” Jordan adds: “Numerous meetings and reviews were undertaken as a critical part of operations to ensure risks were in line with ALARP and kept as low as reasonably possible. It was encouraging
to see how the challenges were de-risked and simple, practical measures put in place to secure personnel and the environment.”

WE MET, AND IN MANY CASES EXCEEDED, OPERATOR EXPECTATIONS DURING THIS REVIEW.

“In an ever-changing operational environment, key stakeholders set ever-higher standards for minimising risk and developing safer working environments.” “We met, and in many cases exceeded, operator expectations during this review. The team now looks forward to working with operators and contractors to implement the work, maintain safety and abandon wells in accordance with stringent criteria.”

GATOR TOOL SHOWS ITS TEETH

WE WERE AWARDED WORK WITH A MAJOR OPERATOR IN THE COOPER BASIN. WORKING WITH LEE ENERGY SYSTEMS, WE SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYED A 450 GATOR PERFORATOR BOTTOM HOLE ASSEMBLY (BHA) IN MULTIPLE RUNS TO MECHANICALLY PERFORATE PRODUCTION CASING IN ORDER TO ACCESS SPECIFIC FORMATIONS. THIS IN TURN ALLOWED ANNULAR CIRCULATION OF CEMENT FOR ROCK-TO ROCK BARRIERS.

Using the Gator tool instead of traditional wireline perforating provided a more timely and efficient method of confirming circulation without the need to use pyrotechnics. With two cuts made, the string was moved up 825 ft and two more cuts made. A packer run, as part of the same BHA, was then set below the top perforations and a circulation rate test attempted; no circulation was achieved. The packer was unset, additional cuts made and injectivity was confirmed.1

The BHA was pulled and a cementing string deployed to pump the cement plug. The BHA assembly was then deployed in two more trips, providing access for other cement plugs. A total of 13 cuts were made in three trips, saving an estimated 12 hours of rig time in comparison to tripping out if standard wireline perforating had been deployed. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the operations were conducted by our personnel with real-time support from LEE Energy Systems in Canada. An excellent example of teamwork across global time zones to achieve Australian based critical capabilities in remote locations.

PROJECT NEWS

OMEGA PLUGS FOR CCI

WHEN A LOCAL SERVICES PROVIDER REQUIRED PREMIUM WELL ISOLATION EQUIPMENT TO MEET AN AGGRESSIVE CLIENT RIG SCHEDULE, R&D SOLUTIONS WAS GIVEN THE NOD.

Together with Omega Well Intervention, headquartered in Aberdeen Scotland, we presented a cost-competitive proposal to meet requirements.

Once agreed, the equipment was mobilised into Australia from multiple global locations without delay – beating the short four-week time schedule required by the provider to meet their client’s load-out date.

Omega made its excellent technical material available to the wellsite team and provided remote one-on-one training to the field operator at our Canning Vale facility. This ensured the operator was comfortable with the tool set up and operational procedure prior to job.

For more details on the technology on offer from Omega Well Intervention, contact us and we are happy to help.

EVENTS

APPEA

OUR SPECIALIST CAPABILITIES AND THOSE OF THE COMPANIES WE REPRESENT WERE SHOWCASED AT THE ANNUAL APPEA EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE.

It was a fantastic event held this year in Perth, WA and we very pleased that the summer conference could go ahead. It was also great to see so many new and familiar faces in attendance.

With online meetings as part of the new norm, the opportunity to engage with clients face-to-face on developments within our business and in the wider market was a very welcome one. Our location near the event’s refreshment
stand made it all the better!

We know from previous experience that clients enjoy visits to the R&D Solutions stand on such occasions because there’s always hands-on technology on display. This year was no different!

With product samples ranging from Bizmuth Plugs and non-pyrotechnic perforating tools to cutting edge abandonment fluids on display, we were delighted to host numerous visitors throughout the show.

Our sincere thanks to all who paid us a visit. If you do have any comments or suggestions on what you’d like to see at future events, please email us at contact@randd-solutions.com

NEW TECHNOLOGY

INTRODUCING WELLVENE’S LATEST TECHNOLOGY

The Challenge

Operating companies have an HSE obligation to carry out annual Wellhead maintenance on all xmas tree valves, wellhead valves and DHSVs. With a significant number of tests on any given platform, failure of numerous valves may occur, resulting in the requirement for wireline to be mobilised to plug the well for surface valve repairs or to complete remedial work on the DHSV. Securing space on any platform schedule post maintenance campaign can prove challenging and when a slot does become available, there is then further justification required as value adding well work is always a strong contender for these available slots.

Recognising the need for a more efficient solution to address shallow plug installation for xmas tree / wellhead repairs and DHSV remedial work, Wellvene have developed the WellHOPTM.

The WellHOPTM

With a wire drum complete with 3,000ft of 0.125” slickline, measuring head and toolstring winch installed directly onto a frame around the lubricator, the WellHOPTM challenges traditional slickline rig ups and operating methods by eliminating the need for a mast and separate wireline winch whilst also simplifying the overall PCE rig up.

Transported in only 2 baskets for reduced lifts and full PCE rigged up directly onto well with only 2 lifts, the system offers significant time saving during rig up and rig down. For multi well campaigns the system can also be lifted directly from one well to the next in a single lift.

Purposely designed to make the system more efficient for shallow depth slickline operations, the WellHOPTM ensures a reduction in operational risk, time, cost and POB whilst improving overall operational efficiency.

Benefits of the WellHOPTM….

- Purposely designed to set shallow plugs for xmas tree and wellhead repairs or emergent plugging operations
- Purposely designed for DHSV remedial work
- Achieve more xmas tree and DHSV repairs within a single campaign compared with conventional slickline
- Free up platform schedule for value adding well work
- Smaller footprint compared with conventional rig up’s
- Option for simops. Deck space can accommodate 2 systems if required
- No mast or wireline unit required
- No slickline wire across open deck area
- Significantly reduced rig up time. 2 lifts from basket to fully rigged up on well
- Move from one well directly onto the next well in a single lift. Eliminating rig down and re-position of conventional equipment such as masts, wireline units etc
- Reduced operational risk, time, cost and POB to operate the system
- Increased operational efficiency
- Reduced connections for reduced leak paths
- No compromise to well control requirements
- Side mounted winch system that offers the same line speed, overpull and jarring capability seen with conventional wireline units


The Complete Plugging and DHSV Package

Wellvene specialise in the design, manufacture and supply of flow control nipple plugs, DHSV remedial tooling and P&A tool packages which shall allow us to offer our clients a single source solution to meet their operational and well integrity requirements. In addition to this, we pride ourselves on collaborating with other industry leading intervention companies to ensure we consistently offer effective and efficient solutions to align with our One Package, One Campaign, One Result philosophy.

PROJECT NEWS

AQUATERRA AND R&D SOLUTIONS COMBINE TO DELIVER

R&D SOLUTIONS AND THEIR PARTNER AQUATERRA RECENTLY LOADED OUT SUBSEA RISERS AND TENSION DECK EQUIPMENT COMPLETE WITH AQC CONNECTIONS FOR A MAJOR AUSTRALIAN OPERATOR.

The work and services conducted locally saw excellent collaboration between the Customer group, Aquaterra and R&D Solutions to fulfill obligations for a major operator at a local and international level. The scope included make-up services, manufacturing, inspection and testing of critically required components. Staff selected locally were chosen for their knowledge of the technology and received training to fulfill any specialised skill requirements.

Pre-Mobilisation preparation commenced on the 16” VAM TTR HW riser.

Tasks included taking each riser joint from a state of preservation to operational readiness, before allowing joints to be mobilised to the rig site and be ready to run. The local staff and capabilities of R&D Solutions saw the commencement of pre-mobilisation assembly and pressure testing works. The included assembly of AQC Pins to Tension joints allowed quick connection of running tools, while the pressure test allowed the joint and running assembly to be picked up directly offshore and used.

Function tests of the Proten Tensioning system included running HPU and all tensioning cylinders, while tests of system relief valves were carried out using R&D Solutions Pressure Test Unit. The set up during this time afforded
client familiarisation with the system prior to loading offshore.

Finally, under local guidance from R&D Solutions, Aquaterra undertook full job mobilisation including packaging of items into baskets and containers for shipping offshore in line with the WA Roads Act and chain of responsibility.

STAFF NEWS

WORTHY RECOGNITION FOR DAVE

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM WAS DELIGHTED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT DAVE STOJCEVSKI WITH AN EMPLOYMENT AWARD FOR HIS STERLING EFFORTS.

Dave has consistently provided professional guidance as he has trained and mentored colleagues to ensure they excel in key techniques, skills and procedures.

“The pride Dave has in his work is infectious and not lost on the supervisors and staff working with him,” says Director Doug Gillespie. “He fully deserves this recognition for his work ethic, enthusiastic demeanour and pride in the job he does.”

WELCOME CALUM!

We’re pleased to introduce our newest recruit to the business development team, Calum Graham. Calum joins us as Completions Technical Manager and brings a wealth of knowledge from within the industry. His experience complements the many niche technologies our business provides.

“I’m looking forward to building on our track record and supporting the introduction of further product offerings to add new value for our clients. In my short time with the company, I’ve seen first-hand how R&D Solutions strives to provide premium technology at a competitive cost. It’s been a blast joining a smaller but fast-moving organisation known for its ‘can do’ attitude whilst still delivering fit-for-purpose solutions.

THIS CHAPTER IN MY CAREER IS CERTAINLY AN EXCITING ONE FOR ME.

CALUM GRAHAM
Completions Technical Manager

R&D SOLUTIONS EVENTS

TOASTING THE SUCCESS OF BURNS SUPPER

Although completely out of season, a traditional Burns Supper held in Perth this summer not only connected the local Scottish community, but also benefited a good cause.

The chosen charity partner was MSWA, a research and health organisation for people living with neurological conditions – the organising committee behind the supper gained MSWA’s approval for the fund-raising in accordance with the Charitable Collections Act 1946 (WA), R&D Solutions Director Doug Gillespie was then asked if he could assist with this very worthwhile cause and was happy to help, agreeing to give the Address to a Haggis on the evening.

Doug was piped in by Courtney McGill, who played Burns’ A Man’s a Man for a’ That, before he gave the Address. Burns poems were recited and then Doug provided a humorous explanation of Tam o’ Shanter in many different accents. As is the tradition at such gatherings, Auld Lang Syne was sung at the end of the poetry readings. Guests then assembled for several well-known Scottish dances, and the socialising continued on into the evening and the wee small hours.

The event was a huge success, with all monies raised going towards ongoing treatment and support for neurological conditions. If you’re interested in supporting this very worthwhile charity, this link takes you to corporate giving: https://mswa.org.au/get-involved/ corporate-giving

2021 INDUSTRY GALA BALL

We were delighted to be a major sponsor of this year’s SPE Energy Club Gala Ball.

The theme for the 2021 Ball was ‘Steampunk’, inspired by the Victorian era with a unique retro-futuristic, mechanic twist, heavily influenced by the late 19th Century and industrial steam-powered machinery. As a sponsor, we were afforded an opportunity to showcase our many capabilities – including our service centre and make-up of equipment.

The event was well attended, and allowed us to catch up with customers and meet up again with many familiar industry connections. After a round of thanks and awards, the entertainment began with a couple dancing to music played by a violinist before a group took centre stage to dance to Gwen Stefani, What You Waiting For? Then the band and the dancing started.

It was by consensus an excellent event: friendships were rekindled, brand R&D Solutions enjoyed great exposure and a good time was had by all.

Thanks to Kate McCarthy, General Manager of the Energy Club, and her team for organising such an excellent event. http://energyclubwa.org.au/