Monitoring system extends wireline life

Offshore staff

ABU DHABI, UAE – Specialized Oilfield Products (SOP) has developed a digital sensor monitoring system, claimed to extend the life of wireline through continuous surveillance. Two versions have been sold to operators in the Middle East.

Traditionally, the company says, wireline integrity has been inspected manually in stages, using an eddy current flaw detection system.

SOP’s new equipment includes an electronic sensor attached to an eddy current flaw detection system. It pinpoints integrity issues as the wireline test is run, storing the information on a secure digital card. The information can then be viewed on a monitor, indicating the exact location of any defect in the wireline.

The system can be deployed on all standard wireline sizes currently used and provides a permanent record of the wire’s integrity.

SOP general manager Bob Thubron said: “Currently, operators deploy a wire for a set number of hours, irrespective of its actual condition, and then discard it, because until now there has not been a system on the market that could test it accurately. However, wire can be extremely expensive. Our system will extend the life of the wire by giving an accurate reading of its state, thereby creating less wastage and a significant cost reduction.”


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