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Protection for OCTG During Harsh Canadian Winters

Whether a company is actively using tubulars, transporting them, or storing them, they must always handle these assets carefully. This is especially the case during harsh weather. The below-freezing temperatures that characterize US Northern states and Canadian winters can pose various threats to oilfield equipment. Particularly when companies do not properly store and protect their OCTG when the temperatures drastically decrease.

Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies offers a number of high-quality products specially designed to help protect OCTG during the winter. In turn, operating companies can remain assured that their equipment is in good condition and ready to use anytime.

Protecting Pipe During Storage

During drilling operations, companies require large quantities of tubulars and other oilfield equipment to maintain operations during a set timeframe. Likewise, they have to abide by a standard of storing and protecting the OCTG that they aren’t immediately using. Added to protecting pipe with thread protectors, pipe caps, and/or pipe plugs, operators must also consider protective storage equipment.

Essentra’s pipe chocks, bumper rings, and packaging frames offer supreme levels of pipe protection during storage. Items like these help to keep pipe separated and stable during storage.  When you keep your tubulars spaced properly, you also ensure that moisture stays out, which helps to prevent corrosion. When maintaining the integrity of your tubulars is of utmost importance, environmental protection must be applied.

Thread Protectors

MaxX® thread protectors are an excellent option for protecting pipe threads during the winter months. These protectors feature an all-plastic design compliant with API 5CT, Annex I, 10th edition specs. In addition to the vast amounts of impact scenarios that MaxX protects against, it’s most suitable for Canadian environments. For instance, it can withstand extreme temperatures of -50°F. Therefore, they’re ideal for long-term storage in extremely cold environments.

Sucker Rod Caps and Plugs

Quality manufacturers design sucker rod caps and plugs to protect sucker rod pin ends and coupling ends. Cap and/or plug protection is highly effective for when sucker rods are stored and/or transported. These non-threaded protectors are easy to apply, and feature a hex-head design or pull tab for quick and convenient removal. Both types provide OCTG sucker rod protection from corrosion and are available in various standard sizes suitable to your needs.

Pipe Packaging Frames

Pipe packaging frames make it possible to safely and securely store drill pipe, tubing, and casing. Essentra’s Raptor Pipe Packaging Frames™ are made from high-density polyethylene and will properly fit various OCTG sizes. Companies are able to use four pipe packaging frames to secure each pipe bundle. One of the best investments a company can make is in quality packaging frames because they last for many years. Furthermore, this makes them the perfect economical option for storing pipes throughout the winter months and the entire year.

Essentra Helps You Prepare for Winter Operations

Whether your company is transporting or storing OCTG, the right kind of protection is critical to maintaining their integrity. This is especially the case when extreme weather is a guarantee. Essentra offers a broad range of superior products designed to protect OCTG under every circumstance.

If your company is operating in the US, Canada, or anywhere else in the world, we’re everywhere you are waiting to help you deliver.  If you need to prepare for winter operations, contact Essentra online. Or call us for orders and information at 1-877-276-9208.

The Importance of Recycling Used Thread Protectors

Pipe thread protectors remain essential for the safe operations of oil, gas, and drilling industry explorations across the globe. However, many companies may not know how to properly dispose of these vital pipe protection tools once they’re finished using them. At any given time, a pipe yard could house piles of used protectors. This causes operations to question what the proper course of action is regarding them. However, there is much more to consider. In this article, Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies stresses the importance of recycling used thread protector products. We also explain the risks associated with reusing protectors that have been reconditioned.

Recycling Thread Protectors Offers a Safe Alternative to Landfill Disposal

Thread protectors are generally applied with the use of a threading compound. Because of this, a company’s recycling efforts can be trickier. In other words, they’ll find it difficult to recycle the protectors the way you might other common plastic goods. However, this leaves the question of what to do with used protectors. How should companies handle them in a way that’s environmentally responsible?

Properly recycling pipe protectors gives companies the opportunity to dispose of large piles of waste materials in pipe yards. At the same time, this allows them to freely maintain smooth operations. In an appropriate recycling process, specialized plastic recycling companies will collect the used plastics, clean them, and dispose of them. They will also sort protectors containing usable plastic and grind them into smaller pellets. Recyclers take the reusable pellets and recycle them back into the manufacturing process to make other low-end industrial components. Most companies will ensure that these components are used where mechanical performance isn’t critical. Ultimately, when you recycle durable plastic materials it benefits waste reduction in landfills and is great for the overall environment.

At Essentra, our current role in this process is to simply urge companies to connect with reliable local plastic recyclers. We help connect companies with a recycler who specializes in properly recycling protective thread products and similar oilfield plastics.

Pipe Protectors That Are Sold for Reuse

Many recycling companies will sort thread protectors that appear to be in fair condition and resell them once they’ve reconditioned them. However, operations that choose to purchase reconditioned protectors may be putting themselves at risk. Though they’ll save on upfront costs, the lack of traceability of a protector’s lifespan is common. Moreover, it’s difficult for companies to know the wear and tear, which also makes reusing protectors a bit risky.

By using new thread protectors for each application, you ensure that the protector’s lifespan begins with your first use. You have a guarantee that the protector hasn’t been used, exposed to elements, endured impacts, or any forms of use which may impact its performance. Instead, Essentra encourages customers to purchase new pipe protection products to ensure safe and efficient operations at all times.

A new protector, like Tector® or Tector® PLUS, could be considered as an inexpensive insurance policy for your pipe threads. Companies that reuse protectors could detract from the safety and performance of the pipe threads and therefore, the pipe itself. New pipe protectors are designed to perform properly and protect pipe threads in order to maintain the overall integrity of the pipe’s performance in operation.

Connect with the Leading Pipe Protection Provider

If your company is considering recycling alternatives in your area, contact Essentra today toll-free at 1-877-276-9208. Companies interested in ordering high-quality, durable pipe thread protectors and other pipe protection products can contact an Essentra location online. You may also freely request a quote online. Either way, we’re here to help you deliver your protected pipe; all day, every day.

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Beneficial Features of Quality Pipe Protection Products

Companies should always take care in selecting pipe protection products that safeguard their pipes, while also saving money over time. Before your company invests in products, there are a few features you’ll want to consider. Continue reading to learn 4 beneficial features to look for in quality pipe protection, according to Essentra.

1. Durability Against Impact

When you move pipes from one location to another, regardless of the distance, there’s always a possibility of pipe collision. Whether pipes bump other pipes or objects, pipe protection manufacturers design thread protectors to reduce the effects of the impact. Unfortunately, not all protection products are created equal. If the product is not durable enough to withstand high levels of force, your pipes could still succumb to damage. High-quality durable products, like those from Essentra, can handle any type of impact and protect the integrity of your assets.

2. Ease of Use

Your pipe protection equipment shouldn’t be difficult to install or dismantle. Though thread protectors should be as secure as possible when they’re installed on the pipe, you shouldn’t expect challenges when you need to dismantle them before using your equipment. Properly manufactured thread protection should be both easy to install and equally easy to remove. While some operations do this process by hand, many others simplify the process by using customized installation tools. Check out the video below on Essentra’s installation tools.

3. Highest Quality Materials

Most companies can purchase products for a variety of different applications. As you may know, the most common applications include protecting pipe threads, connecting pipe, pipe transport, and storage. Even if your company needs pipe protectors for a small operation, or over a short period of time, protectors should have quality assurance. Top manufacturers will always ensure that their protectors are made from the highest quality materials and standards. They understand that exceptional protection means their products will be able to withstand various climates, environmental conditions, and various impacts. Quality materials, along with robust processing, help ensure the most effective performance of your thread protectors. At the same time, they provide the most protection for your pipe.

4. Ready for Any Application

When you’re ready to choose a provider for pipe protection products, it’s important to look into product quality as well as availability. At Essentra, we understand that your operations require different products at different times. This is why we design a variety of products to suit various needs and make them available in all standard sizes, and even custom sizes when necessary. We want to ensure that you’re able to find the exact level of protection equipment suitable for the job.

Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies is happy to serve as a leading producer of pipe protection products. We focus on creating cost-effective, high-quality protection products that are ISO certified and include the quality features your company needs. Contact us toll-free at 1-877-276-9208 for orders and information. We’re committed to helping you deliver all day, every day.

Oil Rig Offshore Drilling

Offshore Oil Rig Drilling: Still on the Rise in the US

Oil is still making the world go round and oil rigs are that vital engine source that keeps it turning. No country knows this better than the United States. We’re operating full steam ahead to ensure traction for future production and sustainability. So much so, that this year, we’ve seen the number of offshore oil rig production in the US increase substantially. Fortunately, producers are expecting this will lead to a nice and much-needed boost in our economy. The following article from Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies discusses what’s actually happening with this steady rise in offshore exploration.

Why is Production Increasing?

In general, the world increases in population every single day. In fact, over 200,000 births are taking place around the world each day, and more people require more energy. Producers and economists are already speculating and preparing for this increase in global demands for energy.

Since the shale gas boom at the turn of the century, companies have traditionally concentrated on land rig productions. However, offshore oil rigs have much larger deposits of natural resources, and companies have now been cleared to increase exploration. Producers are looking to expand offshore rig exploration as a viable solution to future energy demands on a global scale.

What is the Potential for this Increase?

Currently, there’s an underinvestment in new oil supply. Yet, as prices slowly rise, the more access we have to our offshore resources, which eventually equates to increased demand. The US is pushing for more offshore oil rigs to help with the growth of oil export. US economists and our government believe this could help better position us in the playing-field for producing more oil to export. With this increase in production, there is great potential for boosting the US economy as a result.

The government has been planning to open nearly 25 offshore regions for drilling exploration where significant resources are available. As producers open these regions, the US can start benefiting from increased global exporting efforts, lower energy prices, and a healthier, more stable economy.

How Can Production Be Increased with Minimal Issues?

Some environmentalists still express concern over how and if offshore oil rigs inadvertently affect the marine life environment. Fortunately, the massive platforms and underwater sections play a significant role in reef formations and preserving natural undersea habitation.

On the other hand, damaged and/or poorly connected pipes can burst and lead to insurmountable problems. However, many oil and gas company operations today are held to a much greater standard than before. These companies take great care to ensure that operations maintain functions on the highest levels. They also continue to promote safety and efficiency in every facet of their operations and inner workings. This means they ensure that their pipes, connections, and operating equipment are carefully handled and properly vested with pipe protection products.

What is Essentra’s Role in Production?

At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we create quality pipe protection, storage, and pipe handling products that producing companies can trust. Whether your company operates a rig offshore or on land, and regardless of increased production schedules, we help you deliver.

As it stands, the potential for new oil in the US is huge. And, new offshore oil rigs could lead to a huge boost in the economy over the next decade. Our main goal at Essentra is to deliver quality assurance to our clients with every product they apply. So, if you’re looking to maintain smooth, safe, and efficient oil rig operations, be sure to connect with Essentra today. Our products help maintain the integrity of your oilfield equipment during transport, storage, and operations.

Call 1-877-276-9208 to speak with one of our customer service experts. Also, freely request a quote online anytime.

Essentra Reflects on World Events’ Impact on Oil & Gas

At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we understand all too well how volatile oil and gas prices can be. Due to world events and economic trading on a global scale, it’s common to see prices up one day and then plummet the next. Undoubtedly, the oil and gas industry has fluctuated for years because of various historical events. Below, Essentra has provided a little information and a brief walk through history on how world events continue to affect the oil and gas industry.


The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, was founded in 1960 by Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Iran. Its goal is to coordinate and unify member countries’ petroleum policies, thereby ensuring the stability and fairness of the market as well as a steady, efficient supply for consumers. Algeria, Indonesia, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, and the UAE joined at the end of 1971, being accompanied by a decrease in oil’s purchasing power. The ability to control the price of gas and oil shifted from the United States to OPEC in March of 1971 when Texan companies’ production limits were lifted.

Yom Kippur War

Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria on October 5, 1973, and thus the Yom Kippur War began. When Israel received support from the US and its allies, some Arab exporters responded with an oil embargo. This caused a net production loss of more than four million barrels per day until March 1974, and during those six months, oil prices rose 400%.

US Price Controls

In response to the oil embargo, the United States enacted price controls on domestic oil and gas, which led consumers to pay 50% above the domestic price for imported oil and led US producers to get less than the world’s market price. Although the price controls softened the recession in the short term, it inhibited US production and exploration.

The Gulf War

In August 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, beginning the Gulf War. The war led to a decrease in oil production and a corresponding increase in the price of crude oil. After the war, oil prices declined steadily, becoming the lowest they’d been since 1973.

OPEC’s Quota Increase and the Asian Economic Crisis

Prices rose yet again in 1994 as the US economy strengthened and the Asia-Pacific region went through a prolonged economic boom. As the world’s oil consumption increased by more than six million barrels per day from 1990-1997, Russia’s production declined by over five million barrels daily. However, prices sank in 1997 as Asia went through an economic crisis and OPEC increased the production quota to 27.5 million barrels daily.

September 11, 2001

OPEC increased production in 2000, but the overshoot led them to cut quotas as a price stabilization method. However, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, caused oil prices to plummet. In November of that year, the spot price of Texas crude was down by 35% over the previous year, and in January 2002, OPEC slashed its quota by almost two million barrels daily. This, along with decreases by other non-OPEC members, caused oil prices to rise to over $25/barrel by March of 2002.

Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies Remains Committed

As history demonstrates, the United States and most other countries are almost always involved in an unpredictable oil and gas price cycle that’s heavily affected by global events. Thus, the industry will undoubtedly continue to be affected and energy prices will rise and fall.

However, Essentra is committed and dedicated to continuing to provide high-quality pipe protection products for our clients and producing companies no matter what. Our goal is to consistently offer you the quality assurance and service you deserve, and to help you deliver on time, every time. Learn more about our products and services here, or freely contact Essentra directly for immediate assistance.

Always Remember the 11th of September 2001.

Durable Materials Used to Make Thread Protectors

Thread protectors aren’t always on the minds of companies when they’re preparing for drilling operations. With so much equipment assembled and utilized on oilfield drilling sites, it’s simple to overlook small but very necessary components. For instance, high-quality thread protector products offer vital pipe protection when tubular products are transported and stored. In this article, Essentra provides information about some different models, materials, and uses for pipe thread protectors.

All Plastic Thread Protection

High-level manufacturers make protective caps and plugs for tubing, rods, and various pipe casings from polyethylene plastics from high-quality resins. They typically connect by thread engagement to pipe ends during transport and also protect the same assets during storage. They also ensure that no form of debris enters the pipe. Since Essentra designs these devices with high-quality plastic, they provide durability that is also conveniently light-weight compared to composite or steel models. Plastic thread protectors are generally affordable options for protection of such assets. This makes them great options for bulk purchasing and stock, ensuring operators aren’t forced to leave their threaded connections exposed. With plastic protectors, it’s easy to keep drilling operations on schedule and your pipe protected affordably. Here you can explore some all plastic drill pipe protectors.

Of the many advantages to using Essentra’s plastic protectors, here are 3 in particular to consider:

  • Our plastic materials are 100% recyclable making them extremely environmentally friendly protection options.
  • Our plastic protectors are offered in standard sizes for ordering convenience.
  • For companies requiring custom-designed protection, Essentra can create a customized solution.

Learn more about our custom protection options now.

All Steel Thread Protection

Many thread protectors are made of steel, which can endure extreme impact and provide superior protection. Because of harsh external environmental factors, thick steel is often seen as more protective than plastic. However, there can be some downsides to steel. First, steel is more susceptible to galling. Galling is a type of wear that can occur with steel products, where one steel product begins to transfer to another. Since this transferring can actually become bonded, the situation is far more extreme than a scratch or gouge. To avoid this occurring with steel protectors, we recommend using a generous amount of tool joint compound for proper lubrication, as well as practicing proper storage and handling techniques for your steel protectors and tool joints. Another potential downside to steel is the cost. Since steel can be costly, especially compared to plastic, steel thread protection is typically the most expensive form of protection. However, even with the higher cost, this form of thread protection is vastly cheaper than repairing pipe damage from a lack of protection. Learn more about Essentra’s drill pipe protectors.

Composite Thread Protection

By definition, composite refers to being made up of various parts or elements. As the definition suggests, composite thread protectors are also made of combined elements: plastic and steel. Composite protectors such as Essentra’s Mega® product line, are plastic threaded protectors complete with an outer steel shell. These shells are adhered to the plastic protector, creating an extreme protection device that utilizes all of the best elements of both styles of protection. These protectors typically meet a lot of standards that all steel protectors meet, yet due to their reduced steel composition, they can be much less expensive. Next to all-steel models, composites are as tough as they come.

Essentra offers an extensive range of thread protector options, all suited to meet your specific operating needs. Regardless of pipe size and thread connection, Essentra has the protection to maintain your pipe integrity. Browse our site to learn about other thread protector lines including Tector, Titan, MaxX, and Ultra.

Count on the Experts at Essentra for the Right Pipe Protection at the Right Time

Ultimately, the pipe that you utilize during drilling operations is only as effective as the threads connecting one joint of pipe to another. Our entire team at Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies is dedicated to helping the world’s oil and gas industry find the protective products needed to keep wells operating smoothly and efficiently.

Our goal is to ensure that we’re helping you deliver protected pipe, all day, every day. Connect with us today at 1-877-276-9208, or request a quote online.

Perforating Guns: Using and Protecting Them

There are always times when your operational needs require custom protection for various oil and gas applications. In such times, you can rely on industry providers like Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, to meet your protection needs. For example, the perforating gun industry highlights a large need for such custom thread protection.

In well perforation, like with other oil and gas operations, the success of each phase of well completion has an enormous influence on the future performance of the well. To maintain the integrity of such operations, you first need to maintain the equipment and components used in each phase, including the threaded connections. In this case, the topic is perforating guns, which certainly require custom protection for threaded components.

What Happens During Perforation?

Perforation is the process by which holes are punched in the casing of the well to allow the sought-after resource to enter the well. Most perforations are made with high-energy charges, which are held in perforating gun carriers before use.

Engineers design perforating guns especially to hold shaped charges, which are then lowered into a well using a wired line. When the technician fires the gun electronically, holes are blasted into the casing of the well, allowing the particular natural resource into the well.

Types of Perforating Guns

Depending on the nature of the particular well, some technicians utilize expendable guns which are mostly destroyed when fired. With expendable guns, the debris falls to the bottom of the well. However, the most commonly used perforating gun is a hollow carrier, in which the hollow tube contains most of the charge debris.

Perforating guns come in a range of sizes and thicknesses to suit a variety of oil and gas applications. As such, with custom sizes and various applications comes the need for custom thread protectors. Companies like Essentra specialize in ensuring that the threads for your reusable guns are maintained with durable custom protection and that all components of your guns remain moisture-free, keeping your charge intact.

Gun Components Are Crucial to the Success of a Perforation

Experts understand that the key to perforation success is to optimize the relationship between the perforating gun, the wellbore, and the natural resource reservoir. Their goal is to maximize well productivity by delivering the deepest and cleanest possible perforation at the right place in the wellbore, with proper orientation to the oil or gas reservoir. With strong and durable perforating guns, wells can be modified to bring the highest possible oil and gas flow.

In order for these industry experts to deliver successful perforations, a complete understanding of the reservoir’s rock type is required. They must also be knowledgeable of the fluids that will flow afterward. Different fluids, rock types, and pressure respond to perforating techniques in various ways. However, with the right data, operators can choose the right perforating gun and perforation method.

With Essentra’s high-quality custom protection for your perforating gun threads, your operators are one step closer to successful perforation and good productivity. Connect with us for orders and information by requesting a quote online, or calling us at 1-877-276-9208.

Committed to Protecting Your OCTGs

We all know that various types of oil country tubular goods (OCTGs) are vital for extracting petroleum in onshore and offshore environments. The importance and value of these assets require that they’re kept properly protected at all times. With Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, this is always a top priority.

At Essentra, we design, produce and offer high-quality pipe protection products that help your company continue making the most of your OCTGs. With intensive quality assurance promoting peace of mind and reliability, your investments can easily go a long way. In fact, this is what we’re committed to, ensuring that your assets are protected and maintained in each stage of use.

Products That Keep Important Oilfield Equipment Preserved and Protected

Petroleum extraction is never a simple job. As such, there are always associated dangers to people and the equipment and assets that are employed. Every petroleum extraction rig will make significant use of the OCTGs that are used to drill wells and transport the output. Products that are designed to support the condition and management of such assets regularly prove to be some of the most important of all. Some of the accessories that are most often used in practice include:

Thread protectors

Both drill pipe and line pipe can be equipped with threads that allow individual segments to be easily connected together. Compared to the rest of a given length of pipe, threads are inevitably far more delicate and most vulnerable to damage. Should pipe threads suffer even a bit of harm, delays and outright downtime can easily result.

Making regular use of appropriate thread protection products will reduce the occurrence of such problems significantly. With Essentra’s thread protectors being extremely affordable relative to the value they provide, doing without them will never be prudent.

Pipe protectors

Non-threaded pipes can also benefit from proper protection. Fitting each opening of a plain-end or beveled-end line pipe with protection will ensure that the ends are prepared for their next phase of use. This is especially true for line pipe with beveled-ends, which is usually prepared in that manner specifically for welding. When line pipe is appropriately protected, the pipeline is less susceptible to damage and/or failure.

Additionally, using high-quality bumper rings and pipe chocks provide ultimate security when the pipe isn’t in use. These devices are specifically designed to keep pipe stable during storage and transportation, and to keep pipe separated, ensuring no frictional damage occurs.

Quality Must Always Be a Priority

While any type of pipe protection might seem better than none, high-quality products are always far more successful than those less reliable. Manufacturers that focus intently on quality assurance, ensure that their customers’ OCTG assets will remain protected at all times. At Essentra we truly are committed to protecting your operational equipment, be it during transport, storage, or active usage.

For orders and information, connect with one of our customer service experts today at 1-877-276-9208. For added convenience, you may also request a quote online. We look forward to serving you!

Preserving Oilfield Products Amid Rising Steel Costs

Though recent U.S. tariffs on steel have raised oil and gas industry concerns, technological advancements for oilfield products still persist. In fact, it seems most apparent that during challenging times, technology becomes more and more innovative. Industry leaders, like Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, remain diligent at finding new ways to advance industry standards. These days, oil and gas companies alone import approximately three-quarters of the steel used in oilfield products. As such, there is now a new demand for innovative solutions since the pricing for steel continues to fluctuate.

“The headline for July for the oil and gas industry discusses ‘Impact of the Steel Tariffs on Our Industry’. The recently implemented 25% tariffs on imported raw steel and steel pipe to the USA, along with quotas on steel imported from targeted countries to the USA, have definitely impacted many of our customers and could have an impact on oil and natural drilling over these next several months.” John Boben – President, Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies

Below, Essentra shares innovative ways to preserve your oilfield products, while also helping cut operational costs, and surviving the rising costs of steel.

Advantage of Digital Innovations

Producing companies have been slow to embrace the digital revolution, in part due to concerns about the privacy of information. However, the oil and gas industry is gradually implementing paperless methods of data collection and storage. Furthermore, they’re embracing technology that instantly connects the workforce, customers, and all members of the supply chain.

Companies are finding that the investment in innovative digital technology pays off in the long run by increasing efficiency exponentially. Industry experts predict that future innovations will lead to greater and more secure opportunities for collaboration throughout the industry. At the same time, digital innovations have also been found to help cut the overall cost of operations.

Continue Investing in Protective Products

Another major way of preserving oilfield products is to continue relying on advanced developments in pipe protection. To mitigate rising steel prices, the life of oil country tubular goods (OCTGs) can be maximized with high-quality protection. Protective products like packaging frames, drill pipe protectors, pipe caps and plugs, bumper rings, and many more, all maintain pipe integrity.

Essentra’s products are designed to ultimately protect pipes from damage during transportation and storage. We manufacture all our protective drilling and pipeline products from high-performance thermoplastics, metals, and polymer alloys. These materials prevent any caustic fluid from contaminating company pipes, while also eliminating contact between the pipe. When your pipe isn’t cracked, stressed, or displaying other types of damage, you won’t spend more for repairs or new steel replacements.

Hold On Until Relief Comes

Though the industry’s heavy reliance on steel remains a reality, companies continue to push technology forward. Various oil and gas industry experts are working diligently to explore new ways to utilize other raw materials that may not require steel. Until then, Essentra, and companies alike, will maintain operations and preserve current resources and technology to their maximum capabilities. It’s still uncertain if or when steel-exporting countries will concede so that relief can take place; yet, we remain watchful and hopeful.

Our ultimate industry goal is to continue increasing efficiency while keeping costs down. However, the key to long-term survival is innovation, and there is no doubt that oil and gas companies are up to the challenge of modernizing their operations when necessary. With gradual advancements in technology, material design, and hardware, companies can continue to extract resources and deliver products safely, more efficiently, and with less wear and tear on oilfield products.

Get to know Essentra today by calling to speak with one of our service experts at 1-877-276-9208. You can also freely request a quote online as an added convenience.

Consider Sucker Rod Caps and Plugs for Drilling Basins

Drilling Basin Protection Begins with Caps and Plugs

Did you know the Permian Basin in West Texas is one of the world’s leading sites for oil and gas production? As such, it has one of the deepest deposits of shale anywhere in the world. Sedimentary basins like the Permian basins are rich in compressed organic material that is converted into oil and gas over thousands of years. To extract those valuable natural resources from the ground, deep holes are drilled, and pumps are used to pull materials to the surface. If your company is a producer, you understand that these pumps rely on a special type of pipe known as a sucker rod. Sucker rods, in turn, depend on caps and plugs for protection.

Protecting Vulnerable Threads

Sucker rods are threaded at each end because they are designed to connect your aboveground pump to the downhole pump at a drilling basin. Typically, you can join many sucker rods together to reach the bottom of the well. Thus, the threaded ends of your pipe are an essential component of safety, security, and operational success. If pipe threads are worn down due to friction or corrosion, they may not form a proper seal, causing materials to potentially leak out. In order to protect these pipes during storage, sucker rod caps and plugs can be fitted on to pipe ends.

Dangers of Unprotected Shipping and Storage

When sucker rod pipes are not in use at a well site, they must be stored for later use. However, it is vital that Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies’ caps and plugs are also applied to maintain the rods’ integrity. These thin rods face harsh conditions during transportation and storage. Though they’re made of strengthened carbon steel, they can still be damaged from contact with other heavy pipes or from contamination by caustic liquids. Caps and plugs that fit securely over pipe ends, or that is inserted into pipe ends, serve two purposes:

1. They ensure that the most vulnerable parts of the pipe are protected from collision with other oilfield equipment.

2. They keep dirt and/or moisture that could cause threads to wear down more quickly from getting inside the rods.

The Best Pipe Protection Products

Due to recent increased Permian Basin activity in Texas, many oil and gas companies are seeking the best pipe protection products for their drill pipe and sucker rods. At Essentra, we provide only the highest-quality protectors for pipe ends and pipe threads. And as an industry leader, we ensure our products are easy to use and come with a guarantee that your equipment will remain intact during storage and shipping. Learn more about our sucker rod protection and other pipe protection products today.

Get connected with one of our customer service experts at 1-877-276-9208. You can also request a quote online as an added convenience. At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we’re happy to serve you.