Peterhead based company, Raptor Services Scotland Limited, has launched its new Raptor SWARF Recovery System; the result of a two-year and six figure Research and Development programme.
The system utilises an innovative approach allowing Well Workovers, Side tracks and Plug and Abandonment operations to be carried out faster and more efficiently, thus reducing costs.
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The Company’s Managing Director, Wayne Gatt commented; “Oil and Gas UK recently announced that over 950 wells are forecast to be plugged and abandoned as part of the North Sea’s decommissioning plan until 2024. With costs associated for Plug and Abandonments currently projected to account for 46% of the total decommissioning spend, it is clear industry needs to embrace innovations which will help to decrease this figure. We believe the Raptor System will play an invaluable part in decreasing costs through being more efficient than other systems currently available and have estimated that it can save operators up to 50% on their current SWARF removal spend.”
He added, “It is essential that SWARF handling is carried out safely and reliably providing efficient separation of the metallic SWARF particles from the drilling fluids as these can cause damage to the rig process system causing downtime. It is also vital that any system is safe for operating personnel as very often they can be exposed to oil based mud fumes during this process. This is completely unacceptable from a Health & Safety perspective.”
The Raptor unit is a self-contained system with a small footprint and is designed for ease of operation and quick set up on rig site Raptor provides greater efficiency by allowing metallic SWARF waste to be separated from drilling fluids at higher flow rates, of up to 1200 Gpm (gallons per minute). It utilises field proven technology used in an innovative way, ensuring maximum SWARF recovery, estimated to be in the range of 7000 kg/hour.