As part of a long-standing and close working relationship with ADNOC, our Technical Sales Manager in Abu Dhabi has delivered technical presentations to ADNOC Drilling focussed on our market leading Valve Lubricant 601TM gate valve lubrication solution. The technical content of these sessions formed the basis of our wider technical support to ADNOC Drilling, including the production of a technical paper on grease protocols that has been adopted by ADNOC and forms part of their internal greasing procedures.
Harsh operating conditions in the Middle East, including high temperatures and sand ingress, often lead to damaged valve components resulting in leakage, increased maintenance and repair costs and periods of non-production time (NPT).
ADNOC were unable to secure adequate valve integrity to carry out the flow back-stage of the drilling process. It is imperative that valve integrity is maintained, particularly during flow back where wells are at risk of a ‘kick’, engineers must be confident that the flow back manifold valves are able to control the flow back pressure.
The Drilling Manager sought a combined corrective maintenance solution to help leaking valves achieve a reliable seal where wear and tear had compromised valve performance, and a preventative maintenance solution to preserve valve integrity and protect operationally critical assets. After trialling Valve Lubricant 601TM in some of the worst performing valves and seeing very positive results, trials were launched to assess 601’s preventative maintenance ability to protect functioning valve components from wear. Further positive performance reports resulted in ADNOC’s decision to standardise on Valve Lubricant 601TM across their operations to support a reduction in both preventative and corrective maintenance costs and time.