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№ 7 (July 2008)

Unique Solutions of 3М Help to Increase Oil and Gas Production

At the XII international show “Oil-and-Gas 2008”, the 3М Company presented integrated solutions designed to improve performance efficiency of the companies operating in the oil and gas sector...

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At the XII international show “Oil-and-Gas 2008”, the 3М Company presented integrated solutions designed to improve performance efficiency of the companies operating in the oil and gas sector.
The leading branch show, which had over 1,000 participants from 40 countries, offered visitors the opportunity to appreciate the unique innovative solutions of 3М for the Russian oil sector. During five days of the show, the 3М stand was visited by hundreds of representatives from various sectoral and inter-sectoral companies interested in the presented products. Further ways of cooperation were outlined with such companies as Gasprom, TNK-BP, Novomet, and delivery of the products intended to improve the performance of the companies was discussed.
Presentations of the new filtration system CUNO™ for treatment of drilling mud and working fluids for well workover were arranged for the visitors of the stand. Filtration, which has been indispensable worldwide for a long time, but not familiar to the domestic producers, prevents contamination of oil-and-gas bearing layers and extends  the well operation period. 3М also arranged presentations of electrical solutions for the oil sector.
However, the visitors were most interested in the new integrated solutions, which the company had developed to improve the production safety, trouble-free operation of the equipment and protection of the personnel. Ecologically clean fire-extinguishing composition Novec™ 1230 alternative to Freon and having zero potential of the ozone-destructive capability was presented. Action of Novec™ in liquid state is safe for people; it does not require immediate evacuation of the personnel and does not result in electric locking of the running equipment. Thus, equipment submerged in liquid Novec™ will continue functioning and remain operable after its evaporation or removal. 3М stand also included other fireproof materials, protective films and nonslip coatings, which help preventing accidents and equipment failures.
For oil and gas companies, 3М presented reliable anti-corrosive coatings for steel pipelines and load-bearing structures, which will facilitate enhancement of service life and efficiency of well operation, and reduce damage risks and maintenance costs. Many producers got especially interested in the glass hollow microspheres Scotchlite™, developed by 3M, which could be indispensable in the course of well drilling and consequent operation. The time of cementing job is reduced twice due to the definitely set density of the cement slurry. Drilling mud containing microspheres Scotchlite makes it possible to perform drilling at the balanced pressure without creating any risk for the oil-bearing reservoir and, consequently, to reduce cost of operations. Microspheres Scotchlite are also used to reinforce heat-insulating properties of pipelines and riser strings and are very efficient for underwater operations in harsh environment.

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