Multiple Control Line Running System (MCLRS)Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:58
Intelligent completions are a no-brainer for drilling companies in the Mexican oil and gas industry. Conventional control line running procedures and equipment require control lines to pass through the same work area occupied by the tong, clamping, and testing crews, as well as the tubing slips. TESCO has been a pioneer in smart completion solutions and has come to understand that downtime can mean a dramatic increase in operational costs. For this reason, the company has taken the initiative of developing what is one of the most innovative tubing running solutions in the global drilling equipment market. The Multiple Control Line Running System (MCLRS) is a sleek approach to tubing that provides multiple configurations to guarantee a tailored fit for any drilling rig. Aligned with TESCO’s strategy to manufacture products that effectively reduce non-productive time (NPT) and guarantee safe completion activities, the MCLRS uses an elevated workstation over the rotary table that brings up the slips six feet from the rig floor in order to provide enough spacing for running tubing. By running tubing with multiple control lines beyond the tong area, safety is enhanced with this patented solution. With the ability to run up to ten control lines away from overhead sheaves and the tong area without any manual labor, the MCLRS provides a system for the control lines to be attached to the tubing on one or both sides of the pipe. Given that a platform sits over the rotary tubing string below the slips, neither control nor injection lines will have to pass through the slips. Control lines feed through the open platform sides, without having to pass through the slips, and are clamped to the tubing string for enhanced operational efficiency and safety. High operating costs of drilling platforms make the MCLRS a critical addition to any well completion activity. The fact that this groundbreaking tool installs tubing and all associated control lines, without feeding these through the slips used to run the tubing, mitigates any possibility of crimped or damaged control lines in the process. Consequently, NPT is significantly reduced since high repair costs and downtime are eliminated.