Hydratight Flexibility Critical to Shenzi Rig Maintenance in Gulf of Mexico
DARLASTON, WEST MIDLANDS (July 1, 2020) – To meet the needs of critical routine maintenance on a deepwater rig in the Shenzi oil and gas field during a pandemic, Hydratight committed to flexibility and extra safety protocols to ensure a leak-free start up.
Bolt torqueing and tensioning on an oil rig has far-reaching consequences when not performed and certified to the exact flange specifications. And that does not change during a pandemic. To meet the needs of their energy customer, the Hydratight team participated in a virtual walkdown of the rig to assess the scope of work. To understand the environment, applications, and space limitations where the flange maintenance was to be performed and where the crew would be housed for the 3 to 4-week assignment.
“Our service technicians are trusted time and time again to safely perform joint integrity work on offshore oil rigs because of our experience, our joint completion certification (JCC) process and the reliability of the Enerpac tools that we use. Yet, during a pandemic, this type of work adds a whole new meaning to safety,” said Steve Earney, Service Sales Director – U.S., Hydratight.
The service technicians will protect themselves with added personal protection equipment (PPE), undergo frequent COVID-19 testing before and during their stay on the rig, be creative about social distancing given limited space and be kept safe hot bunking with thorough cleanings between shifts.
The Shenzi oil and gas field lies 120 miles off the coast of Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. With the breakout of the coronavirus, many offshore oil and gas rigs postponed critical maintenance due to lockdowns that were imposed by local communities. “What we are seeing now is several emergent calls from customers due to the delays of routine maintenance. We continue to be flexible and respond as quickly and as safely as we can,” added Mr. Earney.
Hydratight is a global market leader in integrity assurance services from controlled bolting and machining to hot tapping, hot bolting, leak sealing and much more. For over 35 years, Hydratight has delivered an unbeatable service track record in the oil & gas and power generation industries with unrivaled levels of safety and reliability. For more information, visit www.hydratight.com.
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