Archer expands its well integrity offering with the LOCK series
STAVANGER - Global oilfield service company Archer announced today its release of the LOCK series—a new range of four gas-tight well suspension plugs. Designed by the specialists responsible for the Peak VMB plug, LOCK suspension plugs define a new category of well barrier technology.
Commenting on the launch, Rolf Haaland, Vice President and General Manager of Archer’s Oiltools 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. The advanced technology behind our new LOCK series of well suspension plugs provides the assurance and protection the industry needs.”During more than 1,000 deployments in the world’s toughest well environments, the technology behind LOCK has established an enviable reputation for security, efficiency and reliability. Rapid set and seal, easy move and reset, and 100% retrievability record combine to provide absolute protection, with high efficiency and low operating costs.
The LOCK series comprises four application-specific products—SAFELOCK, for short to medium term suspension periods; TIMELOCK for long term suspension or harsh conditions; STORMLOCK, for storms, extended periods or harsh conditions; and LASTLOCK, for total security in permanent well abandonment.
The combination of advanced seal engineering, pressure testing from below and pre-set seal surface cleaning takes LOCK seal assurance to the highest level—ISO 14310 V0.
And with efficiency a top priority in plug operations, several unique design features ensure operational time is consistently reduced to an absolute minimum. Notably, LOCK plugs don’t need drill pipe weight below them to achieve set, saving many hours in deployment and avoiding costly drill pipe rental. Removing the plug on task completion is just as important as when sealing the well. LOCK’s high-differential ball valve, simplified slip design, anti-debris filter and conclusive pull-and-rotate release mechanism all contribute to LOCK’s remarkable 100% retrieval record. And should well conditions prevent normal retrieval, the top section can be milled easily to release the slips.