Hydrate liquefier deployed in West Africa well

Wood Group has unveiled a hydrate liquefying tool designed to melt ice and paraffin blockages in production pipes of oil and gas wells.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Wood Group has unveiled a hydrate liquefying tool designed to melt ice and paraffin blockages in production pipes of oil and gas wells.

The Thermal Moderator Tool TMT is suitable even for pipes with inside diameters of only 1-in. (2/5 cm). It is rated to withstand pressures up to 15,000 psi (1,034 bar), and according to the company can be supplied to any location worldwide. One recent application was offshore West Africa to clear a blocked well.

"This new tool is portable and can be run in coiled tubing, flow lines and other small-channel transfer systems," said John Paul Jones, president of Wood Group Logging Services.

"The TMT was developed in response to requests from customers who wanted a non-chemical solution to eliminate hydrate blockages. It performed well in several test wells and is being used successfully in commercial operations, saving both time and money over traditional methods."



07/22/2010

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