Cameron designed the FC wellhead system to meet all operator’s criteria
To satisfy the operator’s requirements, Cameron engineers in Maracaibo, Venezuela, developed the FC fast connect HT wellhead system, rated 0–650 degF at a maximum pressure of 3,000 psi. Special software simulated rigorous testing at high temperatures before the physical wellhead system was manufactured. A unique feature of this custom wellhead system is that the thermal expansion takes place internally through the casing hanger, eliminating the use of expansion joints.
Designed for both high- and low-temperature applications, FC wellhead system components are installed through the BOP stack, minimizing rig time. A segmented landing base with holes facilities observation of returns and performance of top job cementing, resulting in further time savings. An internal backpressure valve helps to ensure well control while the drilling rig moves off location.
Cameron leveraged its ongoing R&D, as well as extensive experience in designing seals for custom applications, and worked with PetroMiranda to design robust seals for the FC wellhead system that would withstand the extreme temperatures and corrosive environments expected. Stringent qualification tests and validations were carried out to ensure the quality and performance consistency of the seals.
Customer saved USD 1.2 million in one year
Wellhead installation time was just 8 hours instead of the 24 hours typically required for a conventional wellhead—a 67% reduction. For the 40 wells planned for the year, at a rig rate of USD 45,000/day the shorter installation time represented a savings of USD 1.2 million. In addition, the FC wellhead system enabled PetroMiranda to reduce completion time from 40 days to 20–30 days per well. As a result, the operator elected to use the FC system on all its heavy oil wells.