In March 2017, VALLOUREC OIL & GAS Mexico presented VAM® LIFT™, its new near-flush connection for surface and intermediate casing in onshore and offshore oil and gas applications. The semi premium connection is available in sizes 13 3/8 to 16 inches. VAM® LIFT is the only connection on the Mexican market qualified under ISO 13679 2002 CAL-1 for high torque and the most suitable for drilling with casing.
VAM® LIFT™ Rig Test
The event included a rig test carried out at the PEMEX's training center, in the Dos Bocas Tabasco district South Region, in the presence of PEMEX drilling managers and drilling engineering. The rig test was conducted in collaboration with Frank's International service to realize the make-up torque.
VAM® LIFT™ performance and design features were detailed, highlighting the new connection comprehensive testing qualification under ISO 13679 2002 CAL-1. After reviewing all guidelines for the test, the running was conducted in small groups to facilitate communication and ensure safety. Our technical team explained the importance of thread compound as a lubricant during make-up and its role to prevent galling of the mating surfaces. Our VAM® Field Service technicians showed the proper way to apply the compound on the pin and box, and checked the connection alignment.
The test included successful overtorquing up to 90,000 ft-lb. At the time of the connection break out, each group reviewed the pin and box and all questions were answered. Because of VAM® LIFT™ high torque values, our customer can run the connection in a DWC (drilling with casing) application if required, and in all the product range which it is currently common, especially in deepwater and shallow water.
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