EXETER, UK -- AnTech has re-engineered its wellhead outlet to operate safely in the higher temperatures generated by HP/HT wells. The outlet was created in response to customer demand for an ATEX-certified tool that could be operated safely in today's hotter wells, the company says.
Previously, AnTech's wellhead outlet was rated at a maximum Ta (ambient temperature) of 40° C (104° F), which indicates the maximum external temperature around the component; not the air temperature, with a maximum current of 26A. With these specifications, AnTech was able to offer the highest safety rating possible: T6, as the temperature of the device would never rise above 85°c (185°F), even if the outlet was operating at maximum Ta and current levels.
AnTech is planning to further develop its range of wellhead outlets. In 1Q 2009, the company will apply for certification of a wellhead outlet that will perform safely while operating at a maximum temperature of 125° C (257° F).
"With the dramatic rise in the number of HP/HT wells, it was time to take the tool to the next level," says Toni Miszewski, MD of AnTech. "With the new wellhead outlet, we now offer a tool that is still extremely safe to use and ATEX-certified for a large number of applications."