Exploration and Evaluation

Minimizing Risk in Oil & Gas Exploration

Over the past two decades, oil and gas exploration has taken producers to increasing depths offshore and locations onshore once thought impossible to access. Many well projects slated for exploration in the near future are expected to commonly see bottom hole temperatures (BHTs) exceeding 350°F (177°C) and bottom hole pressures (BHPs) between 69 and 103 MPa (10,000 and 15,000 psi), or higher.

Formation-evaluation tools, exploratory drilling tools, and logging tools must all hold up to high pressure / high temperature (HPHT) conditions. Logging and testing tools, drilling muds and stimulations fluids are only exposed to HPHT conditions for a short period of time, whereas packers, reservoir monitoring equipment and cement systems must hold up in HPHT conditions for the life of the well. This illustrates the criticality of precision, engineered components made from high-performance plastics and elastomers.

How Important Are Plastic and Elastomer Sealing Elements in Oil and Gas Exploration?

Many of the tools in oil and gas exploration utilize sealing elements, which are one of the components most vulnerable to failure in the drilling of exploratory wells. Leaks at the seal surfaces or joints can lead to flooding or catastrophic failure of critical tooling.  This makes the selection of proper sealing materials and elements an essential ingredient to optimizing tool performance. CDI understands what is at stake in oil and gas exploration: the financial risks, as well as the safety and environmental issues.

We work closely with producers, tool manufacturers and service companies to design and manufacture HPHT, zero leakage seals, bearings and connectors that minimize risk and perform beyond expectations.

 

Advanced Polymeric Materials for Oil & Gas Exploration

With exploration taking place in many sub-arctic locations, seal material requirements can be demanding. Prior to use, tooling and equipment may sit in a warehouse with temperatures well below freezing; however, once in service, they must hold up to bottom hole temperatures (BHT) well exceeding 350°F (177°C).

CDI’s materials engineers work closely with operators and service companies in order to understand the material requirements of every CDI product. We are highly experienced in a broad scope of advanced polymeric materials and can design custom blends tailored to your specific application.

With over 40 years of materials expertise, we are able to engineer products that serve in the most extreme environments:

  • Thermal
  • Chemical
  • Mechanical

Engineered Solutions for Exploration Applications

While well conditions are growing increasingly hostile, tool manufacturers are pushing the limits of current technology. To survive, products must be reliable - requiring repeatable manufacturing and advanced engineering. Our processes ensure that products are manufactured from superior materials and are specifically designed for each application.CDI manufactures components that go into a variety of systems used in oil and gas exploration including.

Example of Exploration Applications and Equipment Using our Engineered Plastic and Elastomer Components

  • Logging units
  • Slick line tools
  • Openhole logging tools
  • Casedhole logging tools
  • Seismic Tools and Guns
  • Drilling Motors
  • ROV
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