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ThinJack Service

Separating Seized Well Flanges

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Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 12:00

"Tree wellhead repairs" is an upstream operating companies' "key theme". So, do you need to remove bolted flanges, valve covers (bonnets), hub clamps and bolt less hub flanges on wellheads, which present real challenges in separating?
ThinJack is a unique service to separate seized well flanges where conventional techniques either do not work or are unsuitable. As well as separating the flange, the ThinJack's hydraulic power draws seized and rusty studs through the bolt holes and overcomes seal friction. It delivers hundreds of tons of controlled force, exactly where it is needed, which is significantly higher than from conventional hydraulic spreaders or the pulling-power of drill strings. ThinJack's hydraulic power can separate in any direction whilst protecting sealing faces and hanger necks. It is possible to jack within gaps an order of magnitude thinner than needed for any other system. With controlled and even flange separation, the likelihood that flange studs become tilted and jammed inside the bolt holes is minimised. ThinJack's hydraulic power is an intrinsically safe alternative to cutting and grinding tools. Human "power", improvised tools and methods "forced beyond their safe limits" are eliminated. ThinJack provides a rigless and crane less service, though some of our work is enhancing the pulling limitations of draw works, drill strings and their connections.

Pro/con

Reduces the risk of damage to flange faces during the separation process
Reduces the chance of injury to people or damage to well equipment
The service usually eliminates the need to cut bolts or studs: helpful if you need to suddenly or unexpectedly re-connect them.
Separates the flange by overcoming rust in the bolt hole annuli and between the ring gasket and the inside of the bolt holes
Service includes use of higher stroke lifting equipment after the binding force is reduced by ThinJacks
International experience on four continents
Highly rated service, experienced with the usual and rare issues and can advise and deliver accordingly
Inventory of stock for commonly encountered separations. ThinJacks may be purpose made for most flat and thin shapes, maximising force
Delivered as a service only by ThinJack Ltd ensuring optimal efficiency and proper system performance.
Low stroke but high force capability from the ThinJack itself. Service uses other, higher stroke, sub systems to complete the flange separation.

Specification

Areas of Application Wellhead flange separation where ThinJack specialists can create a gap for insertion of "ThinJacks".
ATEX certified 94/9/EC. The ATEX Directve on equipment and protection systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. ThinJackGAP: Atex Zone 0 for sensors near well. Interactive display: ATEX Zone 2.
Implementation time Typical time for separation: 2 to 24 hours, depending on binding forces of flange.
Certifications Documented in accordance with 98/37/EC. The Machinery Directive.
Applicability As with any jacking system or service the following may significantly reduce the effectiveness of the service: 1. "Crumbly" services to jack against. 2. Separation of flanges where bolts or studs are bent during flange make up or subsequently.
Capabilities Initial gap needed: 2.5 mm though thicknesses down to 1mm can be made to order. Force available: Up to 2.5 tonnes for each square cm of ThinJack area. (May not be achievable depending on shape and construction.)
Services The system is operated as a service by ThinJack Ltd only.
Sizes Usually, to fit between the bolt holes and the flange circumference.

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Development Technology demonstration Mature / Proven
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About ThinJack

Formed in 2005, ThinJack Ltd is a company supplying niche oil and gas well services internationally. As a service, we deliver extreme force in confined spaces, generally for breaking apart stuck equipment. Well applications include flange separation, tree cap and bonnet removal. 

Independently from these services, our products for sale relate to well flanges. Innovatively designed, their simple but novel functionality will save you critical path time whilst servicing and abandoning wells. 

The Company is based in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

 

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