22/04/2020 - EnvironmentThis innovative environmental friendly coating applied to VAM® connections has the potential to improve operational performance for our clients, reducing costs. We talked to the Vallourec teams behind CLEANWELL® about the latest product generation and the first results in the field with one of our customers, a European leader in the natural gas market.
CLEANWELL®: safer, more environmentally friendly and efficientEnter CLEANWELL®, a non-polluting innovating coating applied in the mill to threaded connections. In its latest version, the product combines two coatings – a metal alloy anti-corrosion coating and an additional thermoset layer providing lubricating properties – negating the need to apply lubrication on-site. The new surface treatment offers superior storage endurance and reduces the risk of galling. It will shortly be available also for integral and high torque connections.
Because no grease is washed off or applied at the customer site, there is zero discharge to the environment and no risk of plugging the well bore.Marcelo Costa M&D manager
On the rig, CLEANWELL® improves running operations, increasing the number of joints run per hour by up to 30%.Alastair Brodie Senior Technical Manager, VAM® Field Service
First installation yields positive resultsSince its launch, in limited quantities, CLEANWELL® has undergone a series of improvements. And in 2019, the latest generation of the product has been deployed worldwide. Vallourec installed it for the first time in December, on an onshore platform operated by our client, a European leader in natural gas.
CLEANWELL® definitely improves the working environment. It’s better for our hands and face, and we don’t have to worry about drips on the floor. It’s also easy to use and clean.Jolanda Arends Technician, VAM® Field Service
A promising futureEnvironment-friendly products are in increasing demand in the oil and gas industry, leading Alastair to see a strong potential for CLEANWELL®: