HOUSTON -- BJ Services Co. has developed a new-generation, high-performance cementing unit for Pride International's drillship PS 1 which is scheduled for BP operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The drillship is expected to begin operations in ultra deepwater during 3Q 2010.
The unit provides a range of performance capabilities for offshore cementing, including faster mixing rates for high-volume tophole cementing, faster displacement rates for a variety of operations, and greater redundancy and backup capacity.
The Seahawk dual-skid cementing unit features automated twin-mixing capabilities and 2,300 bhp, ensuring density control and zonal isolation across long, complex intervals. Slurry consistency is maintained with two independent automatic cement control systems, Coriolis mass metering technology, and hydraulically driven recirculating blending systems. The power unit and pump combination also enables the unit to be configured as a temporary replacement for mud pumps for selected displacement operations, the company says.
The custom design also incorporates automated liquid additive components, variable-speed electric drives, and a high-speed fiber-optics package, enabling personnel to transmit information anywhere in the world. The self-contained model isolates the crew from high-powered components and manifolds to minimize noise, vibration, dust, and fume exposure, the company says.