During major storm events, storm systems are needed to temporarily abandon offshore wells so rigs can move to a safe location. Ahead of Hurricane Delta entering the Gulf of Mexico, a major operator required a specialized solution to remotely suspend well operations as limited personnel were allowed on the rig site due to COVID-19 restrictions. During this first deployment of their virtual application, the operator required a simplistic and efficient design that could easily be operated with a remote service team.



Frank’s BRUTE® Storm System, which includes our BRUTE® Retrievable Service Packer, BRUTE® Storm Valve, and BRUTE® Bumper Sub, utilizes a simplistic and robust design that is ideal for seamlessly integrating into an operator’s remote application and reducing personnel on board (POB). Additionally, Frank’s specialized remote operations team provides real-time competent expertise during critical applications from our remote command center.



Frank’s remote command center ensured the operator virtually deployed and tested the BRUTE® Storm System successfully to 2,300 psi with 350,000 lbs of tailpipe during the storm suspension operations. Once correctly set and tested, the overshot was quickly disconnected to leave the BRUTE® Storm System in the wellbore while the rig moved to a safe location in anticipation of the storm. The Frank’s remote command center allowed our team of experts to communicate effectively with the operator’s team from a safe, onshore location.


The virtual operations eliminated the downtime associated with sending personnel to the rig site, maximizing the overall value to the customer. Additionally, the virtual operations increased safety by limiting crew exposure during COVID-19, removing personnel from the red zone, and eliminating high risk modes of travel to offshore rigs.

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