(Brazil)- BJ Tubular Services has been awarded a contract by Shell Brasil Ltda to provide a range of well services offshore Brazil. The contract calls for drilling support in the Campos basin, including casing and tubing running services.
All related services are being provided by BJ's personnel and equipment based at the division's facilities in Macae, Brazil.
The company has already commenced operations on behalf of Shell. BJ is running casing that ranges in size from 7 in. to 36 in., and tubing from 4.5 in. to 7 in., including screen liners. In addition, BJ will use its Chromemaster system for running 13% chrome tubulars.
It is also introducing its fully mechanized running system on the project, consisting of a Fill and Circulate Tool, and the Leadhand™ MKII tong manipulating system, 14-in. hydraulic casing and back-up tongs, and the new Top-Drive Casing Alignment Tool, or T-CAT.
BJ introduced the T-CAT system in the North Sea in spring 2005. This tool makes it possible to run casing without carrying out hazardous stabbing board operations. The system is designed to work remotely with one technician, who uses the T-CAT to centralize the joint prior to stab-in. The joint is subsequently lowered and is made up using a power tong. The entire process runs without use of a stabber, and is operated from the rig floor.
Kenny Watt, general manager of BJ Tubular Services, points to his company's successful implementation of casing and tubing running services on Shell's Bijupira & Salema development as a primary reason they were awarded this three year contract.
"We will be drawing upon that experience and look forward to using our fully mechanized running system for the first time in South America," he added.