Take decisive action to resolve well issues rapidly and safely.
Given the costs and logistics involved, the decision to perform a well intervention is never taken lightly. BiSN Performance Barrier Technologies make it possible for operators to take decisive action to resolve well issues rapidly and safely. More than a quick temporary fix, BiSN solutions are engineered for the long term.
With BiSN Wel-lok™ technology you can intervene to:
By avoiding the need to bring in additional specialized hardware, personnel or pumping equipment BiSN helps today’s operators meet their obligations by keeping the HSE risks, and the carbon footprint of interventions, down.
1: Repair Damaged Tubing or Casing with Wel-lok™ CLS
Fix well integrity issues once and for all
Whether it’s a safety concern or a step towards getting shut-in wells back online, restoring well integrity must be done with speed and certainty. BiSN has developed a unique portfolio of BiSN Wel-lok™ technology that overcome the shortcomings of traditional methods of sealing tubing and casing leaks.
Designed with flexibility in mind, the system can be used to isolate a small leak with a single seal or run as a straddle assembly to isolate larger intervals. The through-bore configuration allows for production to continue during the well intervention as well as providing access for wireline tools to be run. Alternatively, it can be milled out to achieve a full drift without compromising the integrity of the gas-tight seal.
The repair that results from using our proprietary eutectic alloys features a V0-rated seal that has a higher pressure rating than conventional casing patches, while offering a larger through bore than traditional packoffs.
2: Set a Gas-Tight Plug or Isolate Zones with Wel-lok™ TS and MXD
Set plugs and seal off zones permanently from production
Casing damage can severely affect the already-limited space available downhole to carry out operations such as setting bridge plugs and cementing – escalating the rig time and costs involved for both well interventions and P&A.
BiSN has developed an alternative system, our patented BiSN Wel-lok™ technology, that overcomes the shortcomings of traditional methods of setting bridge plugs using cement, by delivering savings in both speed and cost.
Developed to be run on wireline, slickline or coiled tubing, the BiSN tool passes through small restrictions such as damaged or crushed casing before setting a gas-tight plug that can be used for isolation, thanks to the larger drift than conventional bridge plugs.
BiSN engineers were challenged to further increase the expansion ratio beyond that of the original system without compromising its pressure differential and gas-tight sealing capabilities.
By incorporating a bailer in its configuration, the eutectic alloy could be deployed downhole in the form of shot balls instead of as a solid piece. This allows for a smaller diameter tool to be run in hole while increasing the expansion ratio of the tool up to three times the OD of the tool.
The result is a higher expansion ratio than conventional plugs, higher pressure ratings than inflatable packers and gas blocking abilities that cement cannot match.
- Reduce intervention costs
- Reduce environmental impact
- Reduce corporate liability
- Available in a range of sizes to suit API & non-API tubings
- Deploy even in damaged or corroded casing
- Larger expansion than traditional plugs
- Non-corrosive and not affected by H2S or CO2
- Retrievable without milling
3: Repair a Leaking Production Packer with Wel-lok™ PRT
Extend the productive life of your well
A properly functioning production packer should seal the tubing-to-casing annulus effectively, forcing produced fluids into the completion tubing. Any compromise or failure in your production packer can lead to unwanted downhole flow in the well – creating a potentially hazardous situation calling for urgent remediation.
The BiSN Wel-lok™ PRT (Packer Repair Tool) is designed to quickly repair a leaking production packer by sealing the casing annulus to create a new, enduring seal in the production tubing.
Sealing the production annulus with our proprietary BiSN Wel-lok eliminates the need to remove a production string from a well to replace the packer. BiSN operators can reduce intervention costs and downtime while introducing a superior seal into the well.
4: Permanently Seal Multiple Annuli with Wel-lok™ STC
Seal multiple annuli through casing in a single trip
Cement pumping and placement of conventional balanced plugs is especially challenging in wells with multiple casing strings. And due to cement’s physical limitations as a barrier material, it cannot deliver the long-term gas-tight seal required by today’s operators, or for permanent well abandonment.
Now Performance Barrier Technologies from BiSN change all of this. As with every tool in the portfolio, the through-casing system is run on electric line, and is a truly rigless solution without the need for surface pumping equipment to circulate the eutectic alloy into place. Instead, due to its viscosity and density, once melted the liquid alloy simply flows through perforations under gravity and into the annulus, displacing well fluids.
When it cools below its melting point it solidifies but, in contrast to cement, the alloy expands on setting to create a V0 gas-tight seal across the entire wellbore. The whole process, from melting to solidification, takes place in minutes and the seal is ready to test within an hour.
- Reduce intervention costs
- Reduce corporate liability
- Seal in cased or open hole
- Deploy even in damaged and corroded tubings and casings
- Electronically activated with no mechanical parts
- Differential pressure ratings up to 4,000 psi
- Available in a range of sizes to suit API & non-API tubing and casings
- Temperature ranges up to 150 °C
- Non-corrosive and unaffected by H2S or CO2
5: Seal Perforations in Cased Hole Completions with Wel-lok™ Perf-lok
Permanently isolate perforations in cased hole completions for zonal isolation, or as part of your P&A programs.
Cement squeeze jobs have typically been used to seal perforations in well casing. However, one consequence of applying enough pressure to squeeze viscous cement slurry into these small spaces is that it can often cause perforations to collapse, making it impossible to fill the entire void effectively.
BiSN Wel-lok™ technology is a smart alternative to a squeeze. Unlike typical cement squeezes, the Perf-lok system does not require high pressure pumping for placement, as the eutectic alloy flows into perforation tunnels under gravity due to its viscosity and density. Perforations are plugged with a V0 gas-tight, metal-to-metal seal, free from the leak paths that result from poor cement jobs.
For production wells where fullbore access is required inside the casing, Perf-lok can also be milled out, leaving behind a long-term seal within the perforations, thanks to its unique expansion properties.
6: Eliminate Gas Migration in Cemented Annuli with Wel-lok™ CRT
A simpler way to fix cement failures
In cemented annuli, leak paths can develop that allow gas migration. The result can be wells that develop sustained casing pressure, or casing vent flow. Traditional methods of repair such as perf-and-squeeze or perf-and-wash require surface pumping pressure to squeeze or circulate the sealing material into place.
Performance Barrier Technologies from BISN represent a faster, simpler and longer lasting alternative. The tool is run rigless on electric line, sealing through casing perforations so that section milling is not required. The eutectic alloy flows under gravity like water, solidifying to create a non-porous seal in just minutes compared to the hours taken to set by traditional cement and resins.
If fullbore access is required, the solid alloy can be milled out while still retaining a gas-tight seal in the annulus.
Importantly, BiSN Wel-lok™ technologies eliminate the possibility of additional micro-annuli being formed over time, putting a stop to future gas migration once and for all. For well abandonment applications in particular, any other cement repair seems like a temporary fix.
7: Shut off Water Production with Wel-lok™ WSO
The novel solution to high water cut that protects your completion
Watered-out zones affect the economic viability of production wells, not just by reducing oil and gas volumes but through the cost of water treatment and disposal. High water cut can be particularly difficult to resolve in completions that use sand screens and/or open hole gravel packs (OHGP), as the annulus beyond the screen needs to be sealed for the solution to be successful.
While other solutions can reduce water cut, perforating or punching holes in the screens is required to gain access to the annulus. By contrast the BiSN wel-lok™ WSO solution provides an annular seal without damaging the completion in any way.
Unique Alloys In Action
More than just a great idea, our Performance Barrier Technologies have been proven in the field time and time again.