OMV installs electric downhole heater system on Maari field

Production has begun at the Maari oilfield from two wells that use PetroTrace STSi electric downhole heaters.

Offshore staff

MENLO PARK, California -- Production has begun at the Maari oilfield from two wells that use PetroTrace STSi electric downhole heaters.

Tyco Thermal Controls was initially contacted by OMV NZ in 2005 to design, supply, and provide field installation supervision for a downhole heating system to be used for flow assurance in offshore wells in the Maari oilfield.

Tyco Thermal Controls' PetroTrace STSi electric downhole heater system was selected specifically because it is designed to mitigate wax buildup in the well's production tube to keep the extraction process moving, the company says.

The system consists of 2,400-m (7,874 -ft) skin-effect coiled tube heaters installed within the well's production tube for maximum heat transfer and ease of installation.

04/08/2009

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