Frank’s International participated in a weeklong customer event hosted by Tenaris at the Baker Hughes Western Hemisphere Education Center. We were invited after the customer selected Frank’s as a top-tier company to run connections and provide torque monitoring services for its TenarisHydril Wedge premium connections, which were tested during the event in early November 2016.
According to Technical Advisor George Lyerly, Jr., Frank’s displayed tools for Tenaris and representatives of ten other companies, including 14 3/8-inch 70K Fluid Grip® tongs, 7 5/8-inch conventional tongs and two TAWG® casing running tools.
“On the rig, the job was run using a clamp type elevator (CTE)™, Backpacker™ compensator, 14-inch high torque integral back-up (IBU) tongs, Data Trek® torque monitoring system and the DISPLAY™ connection analyzed make-up (CAM) system,” Lyerly explained. “This was the first time the DISPLAY™ application was used in the U.S., and we broadcast the live torque monitoring process to iPads for attendees to view, to a TV screen in the education center and to Frank’s facility in Lafayette for our engineers to monitor.”
To ensure a smooth operation, Frank’s performed extensive testing and evaluation with Baker Hughes and Tenaris personnel. Lyerly said Frank’s crews and tools arrived at the Baker Hughes location on Thursday, Oct. 27, and performed internal testing through Monday, Oct. 31, in time for the Nov. 1 conference start.
“Each day from beginning to end, including days prior to set up, a member of the technical support group was on hand at the Baker Hughes facility to assist in rigging up, provide technical support, answer questions, give presentations on Frank’s products and coordinate completion of the job,” Lyerly said.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Frank’s and know the value they bring to the rig site,” said Afif Najjar, Tenaris Sales Director-Eagle Ford. “We appreciate the professionalism the crew demonstrated ensuring our products ran safely and smoothly. It was a great event.”