16/11/2020 - VAMVallourec unveils its newest connection, VAM® SPRINT-FJ, the latest addition to the expanding series of semi-premium products innovatively designed for extreme shale applications. This connection was developed in the VAM USA R&D center in Houston (US), with the support of the engineering, production and commercial teams. It has emerged as a high-performance solution that allows operators to set intermediate strings at least 2,000 feet deeper with maximum clearance. Extensive teamwork produced a customized yet cost effective design—without sacrificing on performance—to meet customer’s needs.
As recently as a year ago, a solution like this didn’t exist. So, we had to come up with a new product to meet our customer’s specific needs.Logan Van Gorp Vallourec Project Engineer, R&D
A one-stop solution for shale plays“VAM® SPRINT-FJ is a one-stop solution,” explains Orleth Bryan-Tortolero, Technical Sales Manager, OCTG. “It combines pipe and thread from a single vendor at optimal cost. Operators not only value the simplification of the supply chain but also the added benefit of having pipe specifications and thread design development controlled by the same high-quality standards. No other vendor offers a semi-premium flush connection, combined with pipe supply, with such a high-tension efficiency of 80%. We’re truly pioneers for this specific product.”
Thanks to Vallourec’s excellence in connection design and testing protocols, as well as state-of-the-art seamless mill capabilities, shale operators can be assured VAM® SPRINT-FJ has been designed and will be manufactured with the highest quality standards to meet their performance requirements.Bertrand Frischmann Senior Vice President, North America
A collaborative effort to achieve cost-efficiency and high qualityThe road to market for VAM® SPRINT-FJ wasn’t easy but proved to be a collaborative success. For example, meeting the demand for 80% high-tension efficiency in a cost-effective flush option pushed the limits of connection design.
From the start, this was truly a team effort. R&D developed several initial design concepts. Production provided cost estimates and feedback on design features that might lead to a high reject rate. Additionally, local and global VAM expert teams identified further adjustments to reduce cost without sacrificing performance.Justin Gessel Industrialization Engineer, VAM USA
Teaming up with the customer to design a high-performance productThe Vallourec team was able to deliver VAM® SPRINT-FJ in record time - only one year from the start of R&D. In fact, a significant amount of time was saved because many aspects normally carried out during the industrialization phase were done during the development phase. While this approach can be risky, the excellent team dynamic contributed to a speedy and seamless process.
Today, we not only have a technically high-performing and cost-effective product available to the customer who commissioned it but also to all operators in the shale market.Orleth Bryan-Tortolero Technical Sales Manager, OCTG