Rapid growth posed a challenge to safety and efficiency
With the rapid expansion of oil and gas activity in the Bakken Shale, an
operator planned to drill in excess of 150 wells in one year, increasing its
well count by more than 70%. High safety and operational standards were crucial
to minimize the NPT and HSE risks associated with such fast growth while
Partnership with Cameron provided a comprehensive solution
The operator requested Cameron to provide fully integrated services and
- frac trees
- production systems
- flow control
- test, torque, and grease services
- ecommissioning and abandonment
- technical expertise
- asset management
- service competency
- crane services.
The main Cameron scope was the CAMShale fracturing fluid delivery and
flowback service, which includes a multiskilled crew, fit-for-purpose
technology, and the FracServ enhanced valve-reliability program.
The team engineered and manufactured a wellhead specifically for the
Bakken Shale. The drill-through wellhead system met the operator's requirements
for dual internal and external seals on hanger packoff assemblies. This
advanced system provided dual-barrier 10,000-psi isolation and enabled external
tests to be performed.
The FracServ program includes inspections and procedures to identify
equipment degradation and adapt maintenance programs to ensure frac valves are
in “as new” condition for each job.
The Cameron service competency system ensured that all the 45, locally
hired, dedicated service technicians completed a comprehensive, two-level
wellhead field service training program and were approved to operator safety
standards prior to placement.