A new Joint Industry Project has been launched to progress camera technology that could deliver significant savings during drilling operations.
The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) has launched the project with Clearview Well Services of Perth, Australia with the support of two global oil and gas operator members.
Clearview Well Services will build a prototype to live test its CDFC, a new multi-function camera that for the first time will carry out jet blasting during visual inspections. The technology requires approximately 50% less rig time than traditional methods.
Dale Parker, inventor and director of Clearview Well Services said: “Currently during inspections existing drill string mounted cameras flush the area with clean fluid, but carry out a separate time-consuming operation if the area requires cleaning. Our system includes a flushing function and also a high pressure jet cleaning action for the internals of the blow out preventer, wellhead, tree, hydraulic couplings and riser surfaces. It will then repeat the flushing, so that in one operation the area can be viewed, cleaned and checked. It means that operators don’t have to carry out the work ‘blind’ or in two additional trips.”