GE Oil & Gas is introducing its next-generation technology for shearing and sealing wellbore tubulars at the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.
The new Blind Shear Ram is designed for use in GE’s 18-3/4 inch ram blowout preventers (BOP) used in drilling. The new patent-pending Blind Shear Ram has the ability to both shear and seal after cutting 6-5/8 inch tool joints, which are heavy coupling elements for a drill pipe.
GE’s Blind Shear Ram allows customers to use current BOP stack arrangements without having to manage the spacing between rams or create operational methods to avoid 6-5/8 inch tool joints. This technology solution also is designed to eliminate non-shearable sections, allowing for greater shearing flexibility.