You know what they say; students get Spring Break and roughnecks get Spring Break-Up.
It might feel like winter just won’t leave, but those of us in the oil and gas field know that spring is just around the corner. And that means its nearly Breakup. Those of you that are new to the industry or our harsh, winter climates, might not be familiar with Break-Up. But for the seasoned worker, they can tell you that Break-Up is an inevitability every spring.
What is Break-Up?
Break-Up is an industry term. It’s the time of year, typically in early spring, when the snow begins to melt and the frost begins to come out of the ground and causes mud and soft spots. The municipal and provincial governments ban heavy loads from traversing roads to prevent any damage. Hyrdovacs, Water trucks, and Rig Movers are stationary until the ground begins to harden back up.
This causes a slow period for many in the industry. So what can you do to pass the time during Break-Up?
Things To Do During Break-Up
1. Use this time for maintenance.
Bring your things into the shop, replace old and outdated tools and equipment, do that oil change you have been putting off. It’s a slow time for many in the industry, so why not make use of it to accomplish some of the things you’re too busy to deal with during the year?
2. Look for seasonal work.
If you find yourself in a very slow patch or out of work until Break-Up ends, it might be time to look into other seasonal work. Servicing companies may have more opportunities than pipeline work. You don’t even have to stick within the industry. Many seasonal roughnecks spend their springs and summers doing landscaping, farming, or working with construction and road crews.
3. Renew your certificates!
You need First Aid, H2S, and eGSO certificates to do work in the oil industry so make use of this time to get them done. This way you’re not scrambling to get them done the day before they expire and potentially missing out on work. Book them early! Our slow season is the course givers busy season.
4. Take that vacation.
You’ve earned it! It’s easy to lose sight of things when you’re constantly busy in the on season. But during Break-Up it’s time to set some time aside for yourself. Spend some time with the kids, go for a drink with friends, just get on a plane and go somewhere. You can’t work all the time. You need some time to enjoy your life.
Break-Up can be a tough time in the industry. But there’s plenty of things you can do to make the time go by quickly. June will be here soon and then it’s back to the grindstone.
PIT is adding yet another incredible product to their lineup. Our engineers drew their inspiration from a wireline broach to bring you the latest in our line of Wax Cutters, the WaxBroach. With its unique honeycomb pattern, the WaxBroach cuts through your well contaminants with ease.
Sand, wax, and asphaltenes can make their way into your well over time, drastically reducing the performance and efficiency. In these cases, a wax cutting plunger must be used in order to keep the well in tip-top shape and to prevent blockages from forming. For the new WaxBroach, cutting through these obstructions is a breeze.
The Honeycomb Pattern
Our previous models of Wax Cutters contained a spiral pattern while the new WaxBroach has a honeycomb type pattern. If you think of the plunger like a knife, then the spiral pattern is equivalent to a flat edge knife used for slicing. The WaxBroach is closer to a serrated knife. The new pattern increases the surface area of the “blade” and gouges as well as slices, increasing the amount of contaminant it dislodges on every pass.
This honeycomb pattern can be found both on the top and the bottom of the plunger, allowing it to slice and gouge while moving up as well as down and doubling its effectiveness!
These new plungers are also made of solid 4140 steel. The solid steel helps to prevent breaks, cracks, and warps that may occur while traveling through the well. This means that on top of the increased efficiency, you also gain increased durability!
Premier Integrated Technologies is proud to present the All Thread Lubricator. The first of its kind, our All Thread Lubricator was created using a unique, weld-free, forging process. Built with the budget-friendly customer in mind, the All Threaded Lubricator is all of the quality with none of the cost.
Purpose and Uses
Lubricators are a primary piece of surface equipment in the plunger lift system for gas wells. As gas wells mature the decrease in bottomhole pressure and production velocities that are needed to carry liquid to the surface. We solve this pressure problem with our top of the line plunger lift systems.
As the plunger travels upwards through the well, it surfaces and is caught by the lubricator. Our All Thread Lubricator is built to withstand fast rising plungers with ease and efficiency.
Features and Specifications
Designed by professional engineers, our lubricator is weld-free so you can say goodbye to your worries over imperfections and seams causing a loss of pressure. The seamless, smooth housing keeps the pressure in and the elements out, giving you a better lift system for your well.
The All Thread Lubricator was built with durability in mind. Built to withstand up to 5,000 psi and with a forged, strengthened body, our lubricator can withstand any environment.
It can be a hassle to service a well. We made sure to make your maintenance duties more manageable when we designed the All Thread Lubricator. Loaded with a 170lb/in Inconel X750 spring and a 4140 L80 Striker Block, the lubricator’s parts are easily replaced when needed. Replaceable parts coupled with a simple, reliable T-Handle catcher make this lubricator the easiest item on your maintenance list.
Our biggest concern when designing our lubricator was to make it affordable for every budget. We made it our goal to make a budget-friendly lubricator with no sacrifices to quality for our customers. Just like all our lubricators, the All Thread Lubricator is designed by a registered professional engineer in compliance with API 6A Section 18.104.22.168. and undergo a strict testing regimen as part of Finite Element Analysis. The lubricator is then stamped for verification.
– Dual Injection Port
– Weld-free, forged body
– 5,000 psi rating
– T Handle Manual catcher (auto catcher available)
– 2 3/8″ or 2 7/8″ tubing size
– 170lb/inch Inconel X750 Spring
– 4140 L80 Body
– Withstand up to -50°C temperatures
– Includes fabrication and drawing information, pressure test records, and instructions
If you have any questions or would like to order an All Thread Lubricator to try for yourself, give us a call at 403-887-1200.
Melissa is an avid Fly Fisher and just got her new Fly Fishing Reel called the Traveller. Follow Melissa on Instagram @m.prettyfly and watch her put the Traveller Fly Fishing Reel through its paces.
The reel was designed and built at MVM Machining which is the same shop that builds PIT plunger lift equipment. Diversifying into other markets.
Premier Integrated Technologies is pleased to announce we have entered into a relationship with Priority Energy Services as our new Gas Lift equipment provider and support team!
Priority has the most knowledgeable, experienced employees in the industry with years of technical experience in engineering, service, design, optimization, troubleshooting and training. Priority has offices in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, with experience in many different conditions and can meet any need.
Priority product delivers high quality performance and meets or exceeds the latest regulatory compliance standards and specifications in the industry.
- Licensed in API Spec 19G1 and API Spec 19G2
- Priority’s Quality Management System is registered in accordance with API Spec Q1 and ISO 9001:2008.
PIT believes in assisting our customers every step of the way. Our technicians work together with Priority Energy to evaluate, design, set up, install and operate any new gas lift system you may be interested in. The following are some highlights of what our Gas Lift line can offer you and your wells:
- Great for unloading horizontal well bores
- Wells that have paraffin issues
- Unlimited production volumes
- Low maintenance systems
- Wireline retrievable and tubing retrievable systems
- Custom assembled in our Grande Prairie office
- Technical support on and off location
- Full drift mandrels
- Plunger assisted gas lift systems (GAPL)
- API rated and spec mandrels and valves
- Full design and re-evaluation for free
PIT wants to create a custom system for your optimization needs. Please contact us today with any questions or concerns you have about our Gas Lift line. We look forward to working with you.
Premier Integrated Technologies has made some changes in the Grande Prairie area!
We have restructured our management team and have moved into a new location providing more space for our innovative equipment.
Brett Kroetsch has been with PIT since the spring of 2013 starting as a field technician. He then became a Central Area Manager and has now taken over as manager for the Grande Prairie and Fort St. John areas. Brett has an extensive background in bottom hole production with past experience as a wireline and plunger technician. He looks forward to providing our Northern customers with exceptional service, products and pricing in PIT’s Plunger, Regulatory and Gas Lift Optimization fields.
PIT would like to invite you to our open house on Thursday, September 24th, 2015. We would love for you to see our new shop and answer any questions you may have!
- Food and drinks all day
- New product displays
- Live well model showing plunger activity
- Equipment specials!
Our new Grande Prairie shop is located at:
#102, 9638 – 115 St.
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5W2
We look forward to seeing you!