It’s not all subsea

OE Staff

February 1, 2016

Norway’s E Plug was been named 2015 winner of the Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter’s Innovation Award, presented during the SPE ICoTA European Well Intervention Conference in Aberdeen late 2015.

Scott Mitchell, Chair of the European Chapter of ICoTA (left), presents the award to Thomas Johansen, CEO of E Plug.

E Plug’s 5½in TorcPlug is a single run, multiple set and release plug technology which enables a plug to be set and repositioned or reset multiple times, as opposed to conventional bridge plugs. The TorcPlug is run on an e-line with an electrical manipulation tool (EMT), which transfers torque to the plug actuating the centralizer, slips and setting element. By use of rotational force, the plug is compressed and retracted, allowing the plug to be set and repositioned multiple times. TorcPlug also has an independently operated internal valve, which can be used to equalize across the plug before pulling it.

Developed by E Plug, with technical support from Statoil and Welltec, and additional support from E Innovation, Innovation Norway and the Research Council of Norway, TorcPlug went into commercial use offshore Norway in August 2015, on Statoil’s Statfjord field. It was run in hole and set and released at three different depths to verify tubing integrity and location of a leak point.

The other finalists for the 2015 award were CapWell and Interwell. CapWell was shortlisted for its development of Capline, a new way to reduce the complexity of well interventions to make them more efficient. Interwell, a previous winner of the award, has developed a wireless barrier verification system to meet the demand for barrier plug integrity assurance.