NEWS FROM SPE ATCE 2013 Archer launches STORMLOCK gas-tight storm plug for GoM
NEW ORLEANS -- Archer has released STORMLOCK—an ISO 14310 V0-rated, gas-tight storm plug specifically designed for suspension operations in the Gulf of Mexico and other deepwater markets.
STORMLOCK is the latest addition to Archer's family of well suspension plugs, the LOCK series, which provides the assurance of an absolute seal independently certified as gas tight under ISO 14310 V0. The technology includes a 10,000-psi rated ball valve qualified in accordance with ISO 28281.
Rolf Egil Håland, President of Archer's well integrity products and Oil Tools Division, said "When sealing wells for suspension or abandonment barrier failure can prove disastrous for rig teams, the local environment and an operator’s reputation. Storm suspension brings additional challenges. Wells need to be sealed safely, rapidly and securely, even with a full drill string in the hole. And when the storm hazard passes, operators need to resume drilling without delay. STORMLOCK provides all of these benefits.
“We have been working hard to expand our well-integrity technology offerings and believe STORMLOCK is the most versatile suspension plug in its class. It has been engineered to support up to 300 metric tons of pipe and its enhanced seal technology provides a safe, gas-tight solution for short or long suspension periods, harsh conditions and, of course, storms.”
During more than 1,000 deployments in the world’s toughest well environments, the LOCK series has established a reputation for security, efficiency and reliability. The technology and engineering have evolved from Archer’s groundbreaking and outstandingly successful Peak VMB, which was the world’s first gas-tight, zero leakage barrier plug.
The LOCK series comprises four application-specific products—SAFELOCK, for short- to medium-term suspension periods; TIMELOCK, for long-term suspension or harsh conditions; LASTLOCK, for total security in permanent well abandonment and now STORMLOCK, for storms, extended periods or harsh conditions.