CX-Ball™ - Revolutionising Drill Pipe Cleaning

CX-Ball™ - Revolutionising Drill Pipe Cleaning

Following cementing operations residual cement, drilling fluid or debris is often found in the drill pipe or tubing. This can present a risk of contamination during future cement jobs and if left in the bore of the drill pipe it can result in corrosion and permanent damage of the drill pipe. Conventionally a foam wiper ball is used to clean the internal diameters of the drill pipe or tubing however loading the large OD foam wiper ball into the drill pipe at surface can be a difficult and time-consuming task, risking exposure of personnel to well fluids. In 2015 Coretrax launched the CX-Ball, delivering significant time savings to the operators and minimising the risk to personnel when loading the foam wiper balls.

The CX-Ball comprises a standard foam wiper ball encased in a soluble wrapper and pre-loaded into a launch tube ready to use. Deploying the CX-Ball is simple; remove the cap, push down the plunger and release the ball into the box of the drill pipe connection, ready to pump downhole. When in contact with water the soluble film dissolves allowing the ball to expand back to the original size and shape, wiping the ID of the casing. The CX-Ball can save in the region of 10 minutes per deployment which, when applied over the duration of an extended campaign, can add up to save significant amounts of rig time.

Highlights:

  • Quick to deploy and easy to use
  • Minimises personnel exposure to potentially harmful well fluids
  • Minimises personnel exposure to the "Red Zone"

Time Savings:

To date Coretrax have sold 832 CX-Balls and, based on an average time saving of 8 minutes per ball, have subsequently delivered 111 hours of rig time savings to the operator.

832 balls x 8 mins = 6,656 mins (111 hours)

The use of the CX-Ball across a campaign can present massive time savings to the operator. For example;

Patent GB2523650

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