Unwanted water production is one of the biggest challenges when looking to optimise hydrocarbon production from a well, and for many years our team has been researching, investigating and testing potential solutions.
Although pigging has been around for 100s of years, there has been a growing need to innovate and develop new technology to overcome and avoid major challenges faced by traditional pigging methods.
We may be biased, but the team at Aubin is made up of some pretty talented people. And it’s because of them that we’re able to keep creating innovative, unique products for our clients.
There are an abundance of reasons why regular pigging is advantageous - from cleaning out debris, water or oil, to executing preventative or corrective maintenance to ensure the integrity of a pipeline.
Pigging is also often used in the pre-comissioning or decommissioning phases of a pipeline to prepare the line to receive oil or gas by removing the pre commissioning fluid (usually water) and replacing it with gas or glycol based fluids, or in the case of decommissioning, cleaning the line of hydrocarbons and debris to allow it to be decommissioned.
However with these benefits come an array of challenges associated with both mechanical and foam pigs, which are the most commonly used types, that can result in costly problems or prevent pigging from happening at all.
The move provides Aubin with both liquid and powder blending manufacturing capabilities in the Kingdom for the first time. It will maximise IKTVA (In Kingdom Total Value Add) product content and enhance the company’s local credentials whilst supporting larger regional and international service companies in the provision of locally manufactured products.
Chief Financial Officer Katy Gifford has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, allowing former CEO Paddy Collins to take up the newly created post of Chief Technology Officer. Aubin’s finance team will be restructured in line with the change.
So why exactly do we need chemical washes in our drilling and completion activities and why is selection so important? Soap is soap isn’t it, well not really.
In 2018, water production accounts for 90-95% of total fluids production in mature fields of the North Sea. It is not uncommon for fields producing 10-15,000 barrels of oil a day to produce over 300,000 barrels of water. Reducing water production would go a long way to improving field economics:
Aubin is solidifying its presence in Norway as a leading provider of chemical solutions and expertise. Come along and learn about or downhole water shut off technology, well services chemicals and pipeline pigs and gels.
The KTP, led by Sergi Almirall, was focussed on developing an underwater lifting system as a solution to the subsea maintenance, commissioning and decommissioning operations. The project has taken “DeepBuoy” Aubin’s patented pumpable liquid buoyancy technology and incorporated it into an engineered system that can enable divers and ROV’s to lift and move objects underwater.