ONS 2010: Weatherford launches pipe handling tool

Weatherford International Ltd. is using the Offshore Northern Seas Conference to introduce UniSlips, a new, all-in-one casing, tubing, and drill pipe handling tool.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Weatherford International Ltd. is using the Offshore Northern Seas Conference to introduce UniSlips, a new, all-in-one casing, tubing, and drill pipe handling tool.

The UniSlips tool incorporates a power-grip feature to counteract torque, eliminating the need for manual backup tongs and the hazards associated with casing and tubing running operations, says Weatherford.

Statoil has pledged several million Norwegian kroner to the development of the UniSlips tool.

“We choose projects that fit Statoil’s technology strategy—projects related to smarter wells and field development, especially effective drilling operations and HSE improvements. The UniSlips tool fits nicely into the two last categories,” says Bjørn Brekne, Statoil project manager.

“New technology like the UniSlips tool allows for gripping a wide range of pipe sizes without slip-changes and manual interaction, providing flat time reduction while improving personnel safety,” says Baard Alsaker, general manager, Weatherford Rig Systems.

08/24/2010

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