In the oil and gas industry, any unplanned downtime affects the bottom line. Lost time incidents (LTIs) not only stop production, but the subsequent investigations and safety audits become additional overhead. Consequently, since most industry leaders know that production is showing no sign of slowing at this time, operations must go on. In doing so, however, investing in pipe protection products provides one way to help reduce the amount of LTIs.
Figure 1: Oil and Gas Production in Texas Over a Five-Year Span (view full image)
With commodity prices remaining largely competitive globally, oil and gas (O&G) production should operate continuously at the best possible efficiencies. For rigs to run efficiently, everything including the components used in the wellbore, need to perform consistently and reliably.
Manufacturing Standards Provide Production Reliability
Optimal production is the primary business goal and every component or support tool used requires a verifiable, quality-driven manufacturing process. Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) using protection products provide additional efficiencies by ensuring producers’ mission-critical equipment, like casing and tubing, continue to function reliably.
There are additional benefits to using API standard and ISO certified protection products. In this article, we will discuss the top five advantages.
API and ISO Entities
The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are both entities that drive standardization and quality among energy companies. While ISO rarely publishes industry-specific standards, API is solely dedicated to the petroleum and energy industries.
API necessitates companies to implement standards for licensing, while ISO remains a certification body where participation is predominantly voluntary. For leading manufactures, implementing both sets of quality standards is part of the cost of doing business.
Global manufacturing and supply chains require a level of confidence when moving to new suppliers or forming fresh partnerships. ISO ensures that companies which receive certification, uphold the best practices in both their industry and the global marketplace. Choosing a certified partner offers confidence in the products or services provided.
Five Benefits of Pipe Protection Made to API Standards and with ISO Certification
While regulations control many processes in the oil and gas industry, there are no extensive regulations for protecting pipes, equipment, and other oilfield components; this tends to remain a producer’s own prerogative. However, various field producers and site operations still deem certified and compliant pipe and protective components important and necessary.
Every stage in production, transport, and storage of pipe presents a risk. Using correct equipment will ensure that critical areas of the operation do not result in downtime due to mishandling or preventable corrosion.
The benefits of using ISO certified and API standard pipe protection equipment are:
1. End-User Operational Safety
Whether the end-users are on or offshore, their efforts to protect pipes and threads during every step of the supply chain remain key. From the original manufacturing site to the rig floor, mishandled pipe creates safety risks for both production equipment and operators alike. Manufacturers ensure that the integrity of the pipe is sound before releasing the order for shipment, but after delivery, the risk of damage remains.
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A damaged thread due to blunt impact will leave the pipe joint useless. If not detected early, once installed it can create a dangerous situation during normal production cycles.
2. Protecting and Maintaining Well Integrity
As previously stated, if pipe joints are not properly protected it can cause a wellbore’s integrity to be compromised; this is just as important during on-site handling and installation. If there is damage to any pipe threads, it creates expensive workovers for the well that affects production quantities.
Ensuring the right protective devices are available, like lifting bails or stabbing guides, minimizes the risk of damage to pipe threads during handling and make-up. Also, having the proper and lifting tools and guidance available can improve production efficiency.
3. Environmental and Public Safety
While everyone knows the devastation a well leak can cause, the effects on a company’s reputation can also be drastic. An offshore blowout can create years of environmental damage, while onshore, the impact on the ecosystem is equally detrimental. Add to this the fines and liabilities, and it remains imperative to maintain well safety.
Ensuring that a faulty pipe does not enter the casing or tubing run is a major environmental and safety concern. With potential damage to any ecosystem and possible safety hazards, protecting every joint of pipe through installation is not only critical to the well’s success but also critical to the environment and public.
4. Reduced Downtime and Quicker Time to Market
Losses in production result in less revenue overall, as well as additional expenses. Although there are instances where downtime is avoidable, reducing it is still possible. With proper pipe protection, most end-users can avoid or reduce losses in production time and get products to market on time. At MSI Pipe Protection Technologies, our goal is to help you deliver all day, every day. Our API standard and ISO certified pipe protection products, for instance, provide that added assurance for safer operations with little to no downtime.
5. Capital Investment Savings
An O&G well is only worth the money spent to establish and maintain if it continues to yield according to projections. Although the production potential may remain, defective pipes can diminish the expected returns. By ensuring pipe protection on each pipe joint and its threads during every part of the fabrication, transportation, and installation, capital returns will improve.
Figure 3: API American Energy Savings Statistic
Using API and ISO Certified Protective Equipment Helps Improve Production, Safety, and Revenue
MSI Pipe Protection Technologies is an ISO 9001 and 14001 certified supplier of pipe protection products that serve every part of the supply chain. By also aligning with API and its global initiatives, MSI delivers the supporting products needed to improve yields, reduce downtimes, and ensure safety. From tubular handling systems to pipe chocks and bumper rings, each joint of pipe will remain secured and protected.