Peak’s 5-1/2” SIMULTRA Retrievable Bridge Plug receives V0 certification

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - Peak Well Systems (“Peak”), a leading specialist in the design and development of advanced downhole tools for well intervention, has reached another important milestone in the development program for its SIMULTRA range of retrievable bridge plugs. The range of available plugs has now been extended into 5-1/2” applications with the successful ISO-14310 V0 gas testing of the 5-1/2” tool in 20lb API casing.

The results of the testing showed repeatable zero bubble gas performance over a single test sequence that ranged from 175degC to 25degC and from 7,500psi above to 7,500psi below the seal – an outstanding result and one unmatched in the industry.

Additional testing of the same 5-1/2” SIMULTRA Plug to 10,000psi is anticipated to take place later this month. Peak was commissioned to conduct this testing specifically by a leading international oil operator that is interested in utilising SIMULTRA technology to reduce cost in some of their challenging wells.

All tests were undertaken at Peak’s new state-of-the-art gas pressure testing facility located in Aberdeen and were independently witnessed and validated by a certified third party authority.

Robin McGowan, Chief Technology Officer at Peak Well Systems, said: “Proving V0 performance across such a wide operating range in a single test run without the need to break testing into smaller temperature increments is a huge achievement and demonstrates not only the seal’s robustness but also the technology’s unique capability relative to traditional seals”.

The SIMULTRA range was developed in response to an industry need for a high expansion, high performance plug suitable for gas wells and challenging applications. At its core is MetaPlex - a breakthrough hybrid metal-elastomer seal that delivers both exceptional performance and improved recovery reliability.

Officially launched in November 2015, Peak has now successfully achieved V0 certification for its 4-1/2” Plug in 11.6lb to 15.1lb casing as well as for its 5-1/2” Plug in 20lb which is also suitable for 23lb casing.

Peak aims to have the complete SIMULTRA range, which will include a 7” Plug, available for sale or rental by Q3 2016.

Peak Well Systems currently employs over 90 staff and offers sales, rental and related services through its Technology Centres and Rental Hubs worldwide.

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Notes to the Editor

The MetaPlex sealing element expands significantly further than conventional V0 sealing technologies but retracts to a smaller-than-original outside diameter (OD) and does not rely upon the memory of the elastomer to retract the seal for retrieval. It offers a much larger internal flow diameter compared to conventional V0 elastomeric seals, making it ideal for other applications where restricted flow is an issue. Furthermore, the dual metal seal design protects the elastomer element from hostile well conditions maintaining seal integrity even in the most extreme downhole environments ensuring improved reliability and retrievability.

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About Peak Well Systems

Peak Well Systems is a specialist innovator of technically advanced downhole tools that extend well life, restore well integrity and enhance well performance. Peak’s portfolio of products includes solutions for flow control, routine and high-deviation well intervention, extending or restoring well integrity, downhole data acquisition, heavy-duty fishing, wellbore clean-up and debris removal. Peak has Technology Centres in Perth (Australia), Aberdeen (United Kingdom) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). This is supported with sales and rental offices in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) as well as distribution agents. For more information visit: www.peakwellsystems.com .

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Peak's SIMULTRA range has now been extended into 5-1/2” applications with the successful ISO-14310 V0 gas testing of the 5-1/2” tool in 20lb API casing.
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Additional testing of the same 5-1/2” SIMULTRA Plug to 10,000psi is anticipated to take place later this month.
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“Proving V0 performance across such a wide operating range in a single test run without the need to break testing into smaller temperature increments is a huge achievement and demonstrates not only the seal’s robustness but also the technology’s unique capability relative to traditional seals”.
Robin McGowan, Chief Technology Officer, Peak Well Systems