Gas-tight, well-suspension barrier technology without the hang-weight requirementDownload PDF
Failure to maintain a gas-tight seal in a wellbore can lead to a loss of well control and an unplanned release of hydrocarbons to the environment. This can be detrimental for operators and hazardous to the environment. Regulatory organizations and operators require a solution to this industry challenge.
Halliburton Intercept retrievable bridge plug (RBP) is a gas-tight, well-suspension plug ideal for dual-barrier applications, and is designed to handle a wide range of well conditions. The plug solves the industry regulatory requirements of having an ISO 14310/API 11D1 V0 qualified well barrier to provide isolation of the wellbore. Suspending the well and keeping it stable and safe are especially critical when performing activities such as:
The Intercept RBP is unique since it does not require hang-weight below to set, which saves rig time required to deploy drillpipe before running the plug. Should well operations require it, the plug can handle significant pipe weight below, saving trip time and reducing cost while enhancing safety. Additionally, the plug does not require left-hand rotation, which reduces the risk of accidental disconnection of the workstring or bottomhole assembly. When the operation is complete, the plug can be retrieved quickly and safely.
The Intercept plug can be run reliably in a variety of applications, from ultra-deep water to inland waters, and sets with simple workstring manipulation. The ball valve can be opened and closed as often as desired without pipe rotation. The workstring can then be released from the plug, which remains in place until operations are complete. In order to retrieve the plug, the workstring is relatched, and the ball valve is opened to monitor pressure below. The plug is then released with right-hand rotation. The plug consists of packer-type, high-performance sealing elements, bi-directional mechanical slips, and a ball valve module. Damage to the sealing elements is minimized while running in the hole, as they are not in contact with the casing. When set, the Intercept RBP provides a reliable barrier in the casing, regardless of pressure reversals. The lower portion of the plug can be run as a conventional service-type packer, without the ball valve module.
Enable a wide range of well support operations, save time, and reduce risk with Halliburton retrievable well suspension tools.