Performance, safety and efficiency are the three most important factors in the world of oil and natural gas drilling. Downhole tools support these during drilling, well interventions and well completions. Choosing the right tools and implementing safety measures and training can improve the overall performance of the oil recovery process.
Downhole tools in the oil and gas industries
The U.S. is a world leader in the oil and natural gas industries. In fact, North America as a whole dominates the world market with a share of more than 35% as of 2018. With 2.5 million miles of pipelines in the U.S. alone, safety and efficiency are of the greatest importance. Using the right tools, and implementing safety training and measures can make the entire oil recovery process efficient and safe.
Downhole tools like roller centralizers, drilling jars, drag friction, shock tools, fishing tools, tubular tools and drill pipes must perform in extreme conditions with high temperatures and pressure. They are used to examine samples of rock, sand and liquid to understand reservoir properties, as well as in oil recovery operations. They are used in workover operations and also in well completions. Properly functioning tools can also help to extend the life of an oil well.
The right tools can improve performance
Choosing the right downhole tools can improve safety and efficiency while also reducing costs of oil recovery processes. This depends on matching the right tools to the reservoir formation characteristics.There are several categories of tools, based on their applications. They can be used for drilling, formation and evaluation, well intervention, well completion and oil and gas production.
The right downhole tools like line hangers, toe sleeves, float equipment, stage tools and thru tubing can optimize production and maintain a continuous flow. They are used in a range of operations like fishing, casing, cementing, well-bottom communication, drilling, logging, well measurement and fracturing.
Maintaining safety standards in the industry
Safety is a major concern in the industry and using high performance and using high quality downhole tools is a first step. The three-step formula of educate, implement and reinforce helps to prevent injuries and interruptions in the production process. ISNet certifications and DISA drug and alcohol testing for employees keeps everyone safe on the job.
A Job Safety Analysis is done before starting work, to identify hazards and correct any problems. All workers and technicians are issued personal protective equipment (PPE) and trained in its use.
Downhole tools are used in the oil and gas industries under extreme conditions of high temperatures and pressure. The right tools and safety measures can make the oil recovery process both safe and efficient.