Weatherford tallies three deepwater firsts offshore Brazil


HOUSTON – Weatherford International saved an operator 27.5 hours of deepwater rig time with an Integrated Completion Solution it developed to install downhole equipment in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil.

“A deepwater challenge is the ultimate equation of time equals money and Weatherford saved this operator more than 27 hours of rig time,” said Brent Baumann, President, Completions and Production, Weatherford. “RFID technology enabled Weatherford’s Optibarrier,  Optimax and OptiValve to seamlessly work together and successfully complete the job in one-fifth the time it would have taken using competitors’ equipment.” 

The RFID Optibarrier valve required 2.5 hours to fully open to access the formation. Compared to valves from Weatherford competitors, which can take 12 hours to open, the Weatherford valve saved at least 9.5 hours. A unique assembly process enabled the tubing hanger assembly to be rigged up and tested in the workshop, saving at least 6 hours of rig time. The OptiValve tubing isolation valve facilitated production tree installation without requiring slickline intervention, saving 12 hours of rig time.

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