Titan upgrades drillbit protection device

Oilfield equipment provider Titan Torque Services has introduced a new version of its drill bit protector.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN -- Oilfield equipment provider Titan Torque Services has introduced a new version of its drill bit protector.

The device, made from high-density polyethylene, is used by various North Sea operators including Shell and Maersk. It has been designed to improve safety in drilling operations.

The protector encases the drill bit during transportation offshore, following the pre-make of the bottom hole assembly (BHA). This means that the entire assembly can be transported offshore safely and securely as a single unit, instead of in several component parts, according to Managing Director Keith Gaskin.

“That significantly reduces the number of equipment lifts between the deck and rig floor, potentially by around 75% given the likely number of individual components.

“It also removes the need for the manual make up and subsequent break out of the assembly offshore, eliminating the use of rig tongs and impact tools. Both of those features mean enhanced safety during operations that are always potentially hazardous.”

Titan Torque Services specializes in the make up and break out of BHAs, drill string components and casing. Its capabilities extend to make up/break out from 2 3/8 in. up to 22-in. diameter of pipe using its High Torque or Fully Rotational Torque Units with up to 200,000 ft lbs of torque available.

4/22/2010

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