The complexities of the oil and gas industry can make keeping up with all the terms and definitions related to drilling difficult. To simplify things, we’ve compiled a glossary of the most important terms related to drilling and to the oil and gas industry.
What is a Top Drive System?
If you’re interested in drilling, rigs, and wells, you’ve probably heard of Top Drives – but what actually are they? Let’s start with a definition:
A Top Drive is an essential piece of drilling equipment; it is basically a large motor system which is hoisted in a derrick, mast or drilling rig. Top Drives can be used in a variety of rigs including truck-mounted rigs and offshore rigs.
Now that you understand Top Drive basics, let’s dive into some more detailed information.
A Guide to Safety Clamps
Safety clamps are an important safety feature of any drill site! They are primarily used as a backup safety mechanism against drill pipe slippage for slips and other gripping devices. Safety clamps can also provide additional control in the case of component failure. In this blog post we will focus on a detailed explanation of safety clamps and how they should be implemented on your drilling site for optimal performance. Let’s dive in!
What are Rig Tongs Used For?
Rig tongs are large self-locking wrenches that are used to spin pipe and in some cases apply the final makeup torque. There are a variety of rig tongs available dependent on what application they’ll be used for. Some examples are: chisel tongs, casing tongs, power tongs, rotary tongs and manual tongs.
Below we will dive into everything rig tongs – how they’re used, how they can benefit your drill site and why they’re essential to any drilling operation.
How to Case a Well
You’ve drilled your well, but to complete it you need to add casing. Casing serves two functions: protecting the well from itself and protecting the well from outside contaminants. The first job the casing has is to essentially protect the drilling hole from being caved in on. Think about it: when you drill into rock, the raw sides of the well will cave in on themselves because they’re not supported and you will have to drill a completely new hole. The second job of casing is to protect your well from outside contaminants that could spoil your water, oil or gas that you’re drilling for.
Casing a well is also known as setting pipe because when you’re casing a well, you’re running a steel pipe into the well’s drilling hole. The small space in between the pipe and the raw well sides are filled with cement to steady and properly set the casing pipe into place.
Now that you understand the importance of casing, we will go into how to actually case your well below!
All About Drill Pipes: What are They & What are They Used For?
Drilling oil, gas, water and other natural resources requires a wide-range of essential tools and equipment for the project to be completed effectively. Drill pipes are one of these tools that are absolutely necessary for any drilling project. Below we will take a look at drill pipes, and breakdown their classification, uses and sizing.
What are Slips and Elevators in the Drilling Industry?
For those new to the drilling industry, or those looking in from the outside, the tools and processes used to extract resources can be confusing. There are oil field tools and equipment that are essential to a drilling rig, while others are optional. If you’re interested in getting into the drilling industry, it’s imperative that you are familiar with all of these tools, including the essentials like slips and elevators.
Learn more about these slips and elevators below!
Why are Beckets and Bails Essential to Elevators?
When it comes to using a drilling elevator, you don’t want to miss a step. While it’s important to understand the function of an elevator, it is even more important to understand all of the parts and devices that are used in conjunction with the elevator. With this knowledge, your elevator can be properly installed for your team to use. If your elevator is placed incorrectly, your expensive drilling equipment could be damaged and crew members could be injured, so it’s imperative to get it right.
While there are plenty of oil field tools and addons that you can use with an elevator on your drilling site, we strongly recommend implementing beckets and bails. Why? Find out below.
How to Work With Casing Slips Safely
When you go to work, or when your employees go to work, you need them to be safe. For example, when you work in retail or the food industry, you need to make sure there isn’t water on the floor someone could slip on. It’s the same thing with the oil industry. Except for when you work in oil and gas, you need to make sure that your casing slips are intact.
Top 2019 Tools in the Oil and Gas Industry
With a new year comes a new set of trends in any line of work, but this is especially the case in oil and gas industry. Oil and gas are in constant demand, so oilfield tools need to be able to evolve to meet that demand. Below we will take a look at the tools we predict will be especially popular in 2019 for their cutting-edge technology and ease-of-use.
Buying New vs Refurbished Oilfield Equipment
Whenever you’re purchasing oilfield equipment, you want to get the best deal possible. But what does the best deal look like to you? Based on your purchasing criteria buying new or refurbished oilfield tools could be the right direction.
The Benefits of Casing Running Tools
As you may be aware in 2015 nearly 77% of the most productive U.S. oil wells, those generating more than 400 barrels of oil per day, were horizontally drilled wells.
Out on the field and dealing with both drilling and hydraulic fracturing has its challenges. However casing running tools (CRT) help make it much easier to ensure continued operations with significantly fewer workers.