Category: 2020 News Stories

Meet the Team Jim Spurr

July 8th, 2020 by

Our employees are the core of BiSN, and it is their passion and drive that makes our mission possible. Because the people are what make our company what it is, we wanted to introduce our employees through a ‘Meet the BiSN Team’ series which will profile many of our talented workforce and give a bit of an insight to what they do for us on a day-to-day basis.

We recently spoke to Jim Spurr, Field Operations for the Eastern Hemisphere

1. How long have you worked at BiSN?
I have worked with BiSN since November 2018.

2. What does your role entail?
I operate out of the UK BiSN office where I manage and perform field operations, predominantly in the Eastern Hemisphere.

3. What is the best thing about working at BiSN?
I like the fact that I am able to see a tool built through the entire manufacturing process, from machined piece parts and loading the heater with a thermite mix, to the finished product. Often, I’ll see the tools again at the client’s wellsite and run the tool for its intended application like I did for many of the 54 tools we ran as part of a P&A campaign in Australia for a major operator.

4. What is the most exciting part about your job?
I really enjoy travelling and executing our field operations. It’s great to liaise with the clients, offer technical support and discuss our operations. I also like to hear about the positive results first-hand, whether it be a pressure test after setting our plug downhole, or a significant reduction in water cut and increase in oil production following the successful deployment of our WSO tool, like we’ve done multiple times in Angola.

5. Are there any key lessons that you’ve learned from your time with BiSN?
There’s a large emphasis on attention to detail across our engineering, testing and manufacturing departments. It’s not “just a plug”, everything is finely tuned and proved to the client’s well parameters and specifications to ensure success in the field. This attention to detail has kept me busy successfully running our field proven tools around the world.

6. What challenges have you faced within your role?
Working with a product line that ranges from a 1 3/8” OD, 10kg Wel-lok M2M TS tool to a 50ft and 18” OD Wel-lok M2M STC tool weighing over 15 tonne has brought many challenges across the board, but nothing we haven’t risen to and overcome.

I’m particularly proud of being involved in bringing new product innovation to market and into the field, like our Wel-Lok Maximum Drift (MXD) tool. In some through tubing applications, a challenge often found is the need to pass through a restriction and to further seal in a large diameter casing. I ran the first commercial operations of this MXD tool for clients in Norway & Australia, where both runs were successful and objectives achieved.

7. What does your working day look like?
When in the UK, I commute into Manchester where we assist with the manufacturing of the tooling. The typical working week will include a conference call with a client ahead of any upcoming campaigns, where we can touch base with all parties, update on the schedule & delivery etc.

Away from the UK, work will be really busy offshore, and we will do everything we can to prepare to run our tool on time and without any unplanned event. This will include reporting to the client, to our BiSN team in the UK and Houston, organising logistics and managing the field personnel assigned to operations.

8. Outside of work, how do you like to spend your time?
As I work away for the majority of the year, I really value quality time at home with the family. I am married and a father of three sons, so there’s never a quiet time in the Spurr household!

I’ve always had a love for flying and I’m qualified in aeronautical engineering, so I’ve just started working towards obtaining my Private Pilot License (PPL). I enjoy fishing and I’m learning how to golf again.

Alongside all of that, I have found a passion in property, so I keep busy sourcing investment opportunities in Wakefield, West Yorkshire for local, national and international investors.

 

BiSN achieves more tool deployments by April 2020 than 2019

April 21st, 2020 by

In April, BiSN completed its 5th deployment of the month, bringing the total number of tool deployments in 2020 to 55, surpassing 2019’s entire annual number of deployments.

In 2019, the company deployed a total of 52 tools on wells globally, working with a number of operators across various regions. To date, in 2020, BiSN has deployed its Wel-lok M2M TDAP, CRT, Perf-Lok and STC tools on projects in Australia, USA and United Kingdom.

Though the industry has seen an inevitable slowing down during these unprecedented times, this record is true testament to BiSN’s unwavering commitment to our customers.

 

BiSN achieves 10,000 man hours LTI free

March 31st, 2020 by

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, BiSN is delighted to report that through its continued commitment to providing world class services and an uncompromising dedication to safety, it has surpassed 10,000 man hours LTI free.

Jake Dearmon, BiSN’s Global Field Operations Manager, said: “Congratulations to all our talented field personnel for continuing to ensure that safety is always at the forefront of our operations. It’s through their work that we have gone beyond this monumental figure without a recordable incident, injury or accident. Well done!”

Record year for Field Deployments

January 6th, 2020 by

Over the course of 2019, BiSN continued to grow at a record pace. While continuing to work with many of our existing customers, we also worked with several new clients in 2019 and expanded to some new regions as well. In all, we had the pleasure of working with a dozen new clients in 2019 spread over 4 new geographical regions.

Well abandonment continued to be one of our key areas. The year started with the completion of a multi-well P&A campaign on a remote island in Australia, one that had begun in late 2018. An additional well abandonment was conducted to eliminate Bradenhead pressure in the DJ Basin. Q4 saw the startup of another multi-well P&A campaign in Australia, this one conducted from an offshore platform.

2019 saw its fair share of interventions as well with 5 total deployments of the Wel-lok M2M WSO™ (Water Shut Off) tool. The first 2 runs of the year took place from a LWIV (Light Well Intervention Vessel) in offshore Angola, followed by the first deployment of a WSO tool in the UK North Sea. The final 2 WSO deployments took place from a TLP, also in offshore Angola. In addition to the WSO tools, BiSN also experienced 3 firsts with 1 deployment. The first Wel-lok M2M Perf-lok™ was deployed in Bakersfield, California to isolate a perf tunnel in a steam injection well. Not only was this the first Perf-lok run and the first deployment in California, it was also the first field deployed tool to be milled out after setting.

Over the past few years, BiSN has run many abandonment and intervention tools, but not until 2019 had a completion tool utilizing the Wel-lok M2M technology been deployed. The Wel-lok M2M TDAP™ was first developed in conjunction with one of our partners several years ago but had not been commercially deployed. That changed in early Q2 2019 when an operator ran 10 of them as part of their casing program on a new drill pad. These were followed by 5 more deployments in December by another operator who has made the TDAP a part of his standard casing program going forward.

As you can see it was quite a year for all of us at BiSN. We could not have done this without the support of our customers and dedication to excellence from our amazing staff. But it is time to close the doors on 2019 and welcome in a new year. Thank you to all of you and here is to a safe and happy 2020.

If you would like to learn more about our Wel-lok M2M technology please contact us at enquiries@bisn.com or contact Jeff Fulks directly at +1 832 724 0621.