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Monthly Lunch & Learns

At these regular monthly events, networking and lunch are followed by a concise, topical technical presentation. With an emphasis on case studies, this bite-size event consistently provides members and their guests with a look at the latest and greatest that the industry has achieved.

Lunch & Learns are typically held the 2nd Tuesday of every other month. Notifications will go out if one is postponed or cancelled.

We are always accepting abstracts for presentation. Contact us if you are interested

2016 Lunch & Learn Schedule

September 13, 2016 (Houston, TX)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
"TorcPlug - Single Trip Multiple Set & Retrieve Bridge Plug Technology - Reducing Costs & Risks in the Intervention & Completions Market" by Hein Andre Langaker of EPlug AS
Speaker: Hein Andre Langaker of EPlug AS

Norris Conference Center [map]
816 Town & Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024 

Lunch will be available starting at 11:30am with the presentation following at or around noon.

E Plug has developed the barrier qualified single run, multiple set and release TorcPlug and Electrical Manipulation Tool (EMT). By use of rotational force the plug is compressed and retracted, allowing the plug to be set and repositioned multiple times as supposed to conventional bridge plugs. The TorcPlug also has an independently operated internal valve which is used to equalize across the plug before pulling it. All of the features of the TorcPlug and EMT are controlled from a surface control panel where the engineer can control the operation of the TorcPlug and EMT.

The TorcPlug can be used in any operation where one normally would use a conventional bridge plug, and can also be used for leak detection as demonstrated in the attached field trial summary and SPE paper manuscript. By using this technology it can save the operator multiple trips compared to running conventional plugs due to the flexibility of being able to re-position the plug. One can also perform pressure tests while staying latched on to the plug, latch off the plug and latch on to retrieve it - All in one run.

Through the multiple set and release feature the technology has the capability of providing substantial savings to the operator by reducing time and risk in operations. The feature allows the operator to re-position the TorcPlug without having to conduct extra runs to retrieve a leaking plug and set a new one. It also allows the operator to perform a pressure test while staying attached to the plug, which opens several new opportunities.

The features of the TorcPlug and EMT will reduce operational risk and help operators save substantial amount of operational time which again will contribute to solving one of the industry’s biggest challenges, reducing cost without compromising the safety in operations.

More about our Speaker
Currently Hein Andre Langaker holds the position as global business development manager at E Plug. The company who recently won the intervention innovation award for their TorcPlug technology, both in Europe and in Houston in March. There he is responsible for global commercialization of the technology together with Welltec who is E Plugs global distribution partner.

Prior to his role in E Plug he worked with Weatherford from 2006-2015 where he held several positions both operational and commercial related to well construction and multi product line projects in Norwa and Kazakhstan.

He earned his bachelor in industrial engineering at Bergen University college in Norway an lives in Stavanger.


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