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Abrasive Jetting Applications throughout the Life of a Well-From Drilling to Plug and Abandonment
The use of abrasives mixed in a fluid under pressure has been used in the oilfield for more than 50 years. Abrasive jetting was rediscovered as a perforating method on coiled tubing in the late 1990’s and has shown distinct advantages over traditional explosive perforating.
Today’s abrasive jetting technologies seek to find ways to combine the superior performance and safety into increasingly cost efficient methods to save operators time and money. Applications for abrasive jetting can be found from drilling to production to plug and abandonment, making it extremely versatile.
This presentation educates the participant about new applications for abrasive jetting technology throughout the life cycle of the well. Abrasive jetting is no longer just a means for perforating casing; it can be used to help free stuck pipe in drilling, reduce coiled tubing runs for completing new wells, recomplete and stimulate producing wells, evaluate cement bond during plug and abandonment activities, and more. Technical improvements are also discussed that improve effectiveness of the technology and are demonstrated in case histories. We will also look at what the future holds for this technology and where the next benefits can be found.
President, TD Tools, Inc.
Mr. Dotson is a design engineer and inventor with twenty years of experience in pumping services, tool design, research and development, and consulting. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University in Physics. Thomas holds eight U.S. patents, has published three papers on sand jet perforating and cutting with the SPE. He founded TD Tools, Inc. in 2007.
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