HOUSTON—Trelleborg A.B.'s Offshore and Construction business is offering a landing string buoyancy system that company officials said is safer and more cost-effective than traditional deep water oil and gas drilling systems.
Working under an agreement with Landing String Solutions L.L.C., the developer of the technology, Trelleborg qualified the necessary landing string buoyancy materials and successfully manufactured the first Landing String Solutions' patented system.
Initially, it was successfully deployed in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2016, "proving the robust nature of the design and delivering the anticipated results," said Antony Croston, business group director of Trelleborg Offshore and Construction in the U.S., which is based in Houston.
Development of the technology, however, "took several years due to the harsh environment in which the product must operate," he said.
Deep water applications
Croston said the primary application of the system is in deeper well formulations where rig installation capacity becomes a limiting factor in well design. It reduces the weight of the landing string/hook load while running heavy casing strings in deep water.