ITF, Clearview form JIP to improve downhole camera functions

Offshore staff

PERTH, Australia – The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) has started a joint industry project with Clearview Well Services to develop a new drillstring camera.

Clearview will build a prototype for a live test of its multi-function camera that will do jet blasting during visual inspections, said ITF.

The CDFC can be deployed by helicopter to carry out the operations in one trip of the drillstring. The camera and functions are operated via fiber optics from the surface, said Clearview Well Services.

“Currently during inspections existing drillstring mounted cameras flush the area with clean fluid, but carry out a separate time-consuming operation if the area requires cleaning," said Dale Parker, inventor and director of Clearview.

“Our system includes a flushing function and also a high-pressure jet cleaning action for the internals of the blow out preventer, wellhead, tree, hydraulic couplings and riser surfaces. It will then repeat the flushing, so that in one operation the area can be viewed, cleaned, and checked. It means that operators don’t have to carry out the work ‘blind’ or in two additional trips.”


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