Category: 2017 News Stories

BiSN Employee of the Month

November 29th, 2017 by

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Leaders in downhole technology, BiSN’s employee of the month is Technician, Eric Cornett, who was chosen due to his can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done well. BiSN teams can always depend on his ability to operate in a timely and quality manner. Congratulations Eric!

BiSN, Leaders In Downhole Technology – Team Work Anniversary Congratulations

November 29th, 2017 by

We are proud of the BiSN, downhole technology team every day, but we are especially proud to announce a number of work anniversaries this week. Those celebrating are (L-R): Billy Clark – 1 year; Didhiti Talapatra – 2 years; John Lakatos – 2 years; Denna Gatewood – 1 year; (Sylvain Bedouet, VP Engineering); Ervin Starks – 1 year; David Ford – 1 year; Ed Stephens – 1 year.

Leaders In Downhole Technology, BiSN Brings A Smile To Warrington Schoolchildren

November 23rd, 2017 by

Pupils at a Warrington primary school now have the opportunity to enjoy audio equipment thanks to a generous donation from BiSN, leaders in Downhole Technology.

The company, a global leader in innovative metal-to-metal downhole technology sealing solutions, gave £1,000 to St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School on Quebec Road.

The kind donation enabled the school to invest in new equipment for pupils.

Chief executive officer, Paul Carragher, said: “We were delighted to contribute in this way to St Benedict’s. BiSN recently opened a new base in Warrington and supporting the local communities that we work within is hugely important to us.

“As part of this we wanted to connect with a local school. Our general manager, Emma Carter, enjoyed meeting the pupils and it was great to see such happy faces when the donation was given to them.”

Headmaster Liam Anderson said: “We sincerely appreciate the donation from BiSN which we put towards purchasing new audio equipment for our pupils. Gestures like this mean a lot to us and I would like to extend my thanks to BiSN on behalf of St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School.”

UK/US-based BiSN’s strategic development plans have included the expansion of its corporate headquarters with new premises in Warrington. The move has brought the company’s research and development activity under the same roof as a newly-acquired manufacturing facility.

In tandem with the facility investment, BiSN is also currently recruiting for a number of senior engineer and technician roles.

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Anita Wilcox of St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, BiSN UK General Manager Emma Carter, and children.
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Anita Wilcox of St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, BiSN UK General Manager Emma Carter, and children.

Leader In Downhole Sealing Solutions, BiSN Reinforces North Sea Commitment With Key Appointment

October 24th, 2017 by

BiSN, the global leader in innovative metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions, has underlined its commitment to the North Sea and wider Eastern Hemisphere with the appointment of Emma Carter, as operations manager.

 

Emma, who joins the organisation from Vital Energy, brings more than 17 years of management experience to the role and will be responsible for the growth of BiSN’s services and products in the region, from research and development through to enhancing client support.

Some of the world’s major oil and gas operators have invested in BiSN’s innovative Wel-LOK M2M technology range, and the company growing its UK workforce by 100% in order to service the completions, interventions and abandonment markets. Emma’s appointment reflects the UK/USA-based company’s strategic development plans, coinciding with opening a new £2 million manufacturing facility in Warrington.

Commenting on Emma’s appointment, chief executive officer, Paul Carragher, said: “We are pleased to welcome Emma to the BiSN team at what is an exciting time of growth for our business, as we expand to meet the increasing needs of our clients.

“Her many years of management experience will be indispensable, and stand us in great stead as we build up operations from our new base in Warrington.

“International demand for BiSN’s unique downhole technology has increased rapidly and these appointments will help lead us to the next level of expansion.”

Emma added: “I am delighted to be joining BiSN at an important time of growth for the business. The team is hugely motivated and has built up a strong reputation in the industry. I’m looking forward to enhancing this and helping to elevate the company even further.”

Team Work Anniversary Congratulations

October 20th, 2017 by

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BiSN are delighted to congratulate the following employees on their anniversaries of joining our team – from Left to Right (flanking our CEO Paul Carragher in the centre) –  Dwight Arline (1 year), Clay Hughes (3 years), Jill Money (1 year), Lance Underwood (1 year), Matt Sauceda (1 year) and Jesus Garcia (2 years).

Downhole Technology Specialist BiSN Announces North Sea Commitment With £2m Facility

October 10th, 2017 by

BiSN, the global leader in innovative metal-to-metal downhole technology sealing solutions, continues to expand its services to North Sea clients, by announcing the expansion of its corporate headquarters.

Based in Warrington, the £2million premises will see BiSN expand into a 2,000 sq/m, site, which brings its research and development activity under the same roof as a newly-acquired machine shop.

BiSN’s innovative Wel-LOK M2M technology range has attracted investment from some of the world’s major oil and gas operators, and the company is now growing its UK operations in order to specifically service the completions, interventions and abandonment markets.

Chief executive officer, Paul Carragher explains: “The international demand for BiSN’s unique downhole technology has increased exponentially. The purpose of our most recent UK investment is two-fold; firstly, it allows us to continue our ground-breaking alloy development, whilst dramatically improving product availability to those operating across the Eastern Hemisphere.

“Secondly, our technology – which utilises a bismuth-based alloy and modified thermite heaters – is turning traditional downhole sealing methodology on its head; we are opening up a range of applications previously thought impossible. With that in mind, our improved headquarters provide the ideal setting in which our clients can witness the technology for themselves.

“This has already proved highly effective at our Houston assembly facility, and we look forward to welcoming our clients to Warrington.”

In tandem with the launch of its new manufacturing facility, BiSN aims to increase its UK workforce by 100%. Whilst two key appointments – including UK Workshop Manager – have already been made – the company is currently recruiting for a total of 10 senior engineer and technician roles.

Plug and Abandonment – BiSN completes inaugural North Sea project

September 22nd, 2017 by

BiSN, the global leader in innovative metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions, has successfully completed its first project in the North Sea using plug and abandonment.

The Plug and Abandonment (P&A) work in the Valhall Field for Aker BP involved using modified thermite heaters. This unique downhole technology reduces the heating time required to create metal-to-metal seals from hours to minutes; the heaters eliminate the need for special wireline equipment, or restriction on deployment depth, as they are designed to be run on standard wireline. With a wireline go-pin top connection, the technology requires 240V and 60 mA for 15 seconds (conventional wireline set tools), to activate the thermite chemical reaction heater.

During the well abandonment phase of multiple wells in the field, standard zonal isolation resulted in surface tubing pressure issues. To resolve this, BiSN set a Wel-lok M2M TS™ (Tubing Seal) in the liner to isolate the producing zone.

The tool was set by activating the thermite chemical reaction heater, melting the bismuth alloy on the outside of the tool, allowing it to fill the inside of the liner. When solidified, the alloy expanded, creating a gas tight plug in the liner and isolating the non-permeable zone. After setting the tools in multiple wells, each well resulted in the elimination of surface liner pressure.

Paul Carragher, Chief Executive Officer of BiSN, said: “This project demonstrates how BiSN is able to assist operators in resolving downhole challenges, adding value to their operations whilst creating both cost and time-savings.

“This was achieved through the application of our innovative Wel-LOK M2M technology, which removes the need for specialist wireline equipment and any restrictions on deployment depth. Having deployed our technology across the globe, we are delighted to now implement its benefits within the North Sea.

“We now have an established relationship with Aker BP and are looking forward to working together again in the near future.”.

It is an exciting time for the company, particularly after its recent announcement of an investment agreement worth £5m with corporate venture capital groups BP Ventures, Schlumberger Ventures and GE Ventures.

The agreement will involve BiSN and BP Ventures working together to develop a commercial portfolio of technology, which will be applied across BP’s conventional, unconventional and deepwater portfolio.

BiSN announces multimillion pound investment agreement

July 26th, 2017 by

BiSN, the global leader in innovative metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions, has signed an investment agreement worth £5m with corporate venture capital groups BP Ventures, Schlumberger Ventures and GE Ventures.

Under the terms of the investment, BiSN and BP Ventures will work together to develop a commercial portfolio of technology, to be applied across BP’s conventional, unconventional and deepwater portfolio.

“In addition to investing in digital technologies and lower carbon solutions, BP Ventures is committed to investing in the next generation of disruptive technologies that will transform how we find and produce oil and gas”, said Luis Alcoser, BP Ventures’ Upstream Principal.

“BP is delighted to be working with BiSN on the commercialisation of technologies that have the potential to benefit BP’s global upstream operations.”

Paul Carragher, Chief Executive Officer of BiSN, explains the significance of the agreement: “Our award-winning technology, Wel-lok M2M, provides innovative, downhole seal solutions across the spectrum of completions, intervention and abandonment projects.

“We believe BiSN presents a disruptive approach to standard well sealing activity and by working closely with BP Ventures, we have the ability to deliver a structured qualification and commercialisation process for our patented portfolio of technologies.”

BiSN provides metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions to the oil and gas industry.
Established in 2010, BiSN operates manufacturing and assembly facilities in both Runcorn, UK and Houston, USA. With a focus on game-changing technology research and development, the company also undertakes specialist alloy development from its own UK-based laboratory.

Using modified thermite heaters, BiSN’s unique technology reduces the heating time required for metal-to-metal sealant from hours to minutes, whilst eliminating the need for specialist wireline equipment, or restriction on deployment depth.

BP, Schlumberger and GE join ConocoPhillips as investors in the company.

Are you attending the SPE Aberdeen Well Abandonment Seminar?

June 19th, 2017 by

 

If you are planning on attending the SPE Aberdeen Well Abandonment Seminar to be held on 27 June then look out for BiSN in the exhibition hall at Booth 11. As the seminar is focusing on P & A, responsibility on sharing information and improving uneconomic wells then you may be interested in hearing about the new award winning technology from BiSN. Our innovative and ground breaking sealing solution was purposely designed for well abandonment to replace the traditional elastomer and cement bridge plugs. However this technology, which is so new that the patents are still pending, also has applications across all stages of the well.

Do you want to prolong the life of a well or increase production?…

 

Let’s be honest most executives, engineers or oil operators are going to say yes to at least one of these questions aren’t they? BiSN are proud to present the award winning Wel-lok M2M™ technology which provides multiple benefits in downhole sealing, whether you are looking for water shut off, annular casing packer, plug and abandonment, rigless well abandonment, sand screen completions or open hole gravel packing, and the list goes on. Basically where-ever you require a gas or water tight seal our new technology can provide the solution in a more reliable, permanent and environmentally friendly method than the traditional seals.

How does the BiSN Wel-lok M2M™ Innovative Technology work?

 

Instead of relying on elastomer and cement seals, the BiSN Wel-lok M2M™ technology uses bismuth alloys to create a metal to metal (M2M) seal. This is achieved by heating the alloy using a modified thermite heater. As the alloy heats and turns into a molten state with a similar viscosity to water it then flows into the area requiring sealing filling all the small crevices and even can be used in corroded or damaged casings. As it cools this then forms the permanent, gas and water tight metal to metal seal. It is ready for testing within one hour. For a more detailed explanation see our website http://bisn.com.

 

What are the corporate benefits of the Wel-lok M2M™ for well abandonment?

 

The Wel-lok M2M™ sealing solution provides numerous benefits:

  • Environmental security
  • Bismuth alloys are inert so not affected by corrosion
  • Enhanced corporate responsibility
  • Reduced time and cost to plug and abandon
  • Longer lasting and reliable sealing solution – no seal deterioration
  • Highest level of accreditation – VO ISO 14130
  • Backed by major oil industry investors

If you are still not sure come and chat to us at the SPE Aberdeen Well Abandonment event – you will find us at Booth 11.

 

If you would like to get in touch before the SPE Aberdeen Well Abandonment Seminar or you would like to arrange to meet us during the event then you can contact us on +1 832 919 7500 or email info@bisn.com.

How does the Wel-lok M2M™ employ the bismuth plug to create downhole seals?

June 15th, 2017 by

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The innovative new technology – Wel-lok M2M™ – developed by BiSN is still not completely understood by everyone in the well management market, not because it is complicated but because it is ground breaking and therefore breaks the mould of industry norms metaphorically and physically. So we thought we would endeavour to explain how it works in a bit more detail. M2M means metal to metal technology which may not seem to make sense initially but once you realise that the metal is applied in a molten form you will begin to realise how it can then form a tight seal. Bismuth alloys are deployed to ultimately create a bismuth plug.

 

How do you melt the bismuth alloys to create a bismuth plug?

Melting Bismuth Plug

For the bismuth alloys to become molten, it is necessary to heat them so causing them to melt and take on a viscosity similar to water. This is done once it has reached the desired well depth where the seal is required, either to form a permanent bismuth plug, a seal to shut off water or an annular casing packer. Using a modified thermite heater to create a chemical reaction with the bismuth alloy, the bismuth melts and allows it to flow into the desired area requiring sealing. It is simply deployed using a standard wireline. It is so straight forward and it requires no special licences or handling permits.

Why is this so revolutionary for the oil and gas industry?

 

Downhole TechnologyTraditionally sealing options in downhole technology have relied on elastomer and cement solutions which are not always easy to apply, reliable or completely safe to the environment. The award winning Wel-lok M2M™ technology which uses the bismuth alloys to create a bismuth plug is not only safer but more reliable and easier to deploy. Although the alloy, once heated by the thermite heater becomes a liquid, enabling it to flow around the inside of the hole and sit tightly so forming a tight metal to metal seal as it cools, having a density ten times higher than water it can also displace any welbore fluids.

How has BiSN developed a bismuth plug which doesn’t take a long time to heat?

Historically a number of organisations have tried a similar method of heating and melting alloys to create a seal in downhole technology. However the heating method used was electrical which proved impractical in the field as it takes hours for the alloy to heat and melt. In contrast, the BiSN technique using the modified thermite heaters takes just minutes and then cools and is ready for pressure testing all within one hour. To see more clearly how this works take a look at some of our mini videos http://bisn.com/bisn-video-portfolio/.

Alternatively for more information and to discuss your potential requirements for using a bismuth plug in a downhole sealing situation contact us on +1 832 919 7500 or email info@bisn.com.