Drilling Basin Protection Begins with Caps and Plugs
Did you know the Permian Basin in West Texas is one of the world’s leading sites for oil and gas production? As such, it has one of the deepest deposits of shale anywhere in the world. Sedimentary basins like the Permian are rich in compressed organic material converted into oil and gas over thousands of years. To extract those valuable natural resources from the ground, operators must drill deep holes. They also use pumps to pull materials to the surface. If your company is a producer, you understand that these pumps rely on a special type of pipe known as a sucker rod. Sucker rods, in turn, depend on caps and plugs for protection.
Protecting Vulnerable Threads
Sucker rods are threaded at each end because they are designed to connect your aboveground pump to the downhole pump at a drilling basin. Typically, you can join many sucker rods together to reach the bottom of the well. Thus, the threaded ends of your pipe are an essential component of safety, security, and operational success. If pipe threads are worn down due to friction or corrosion, they may not form a proper seal, causing materials to potentially leak out. In order to protect these pipes during storage, sucker rod caps and plugs can be fitted on to pipe ends.
Dangers of Unprotected Shipping and Storage
When sucker rod pipes are not in use at a well site, they must be stored for later use. However, it is vital that MSI Pipe Protection Technologies’ caps and plugs are also applied to maintain the rods’ integrity. These thin rods face harsh conditions during transportation and storage. Though they’re made of strengthened carbon steel, they can still be damaged from contact with other heavy pipes or from contamination by caustic liquids. Caps and plugs that fit securely over the pipe ends, or that is inserted into pipe ends, serve two purposes:
1. They ensure that the most vulnerable parts of the pipe are protected from a collision with other oilfield equipment.
2. They keep dirt and/or moisture that could cause threads to wear down more quickly from getting inside the rods.
The Best Pipe Protection Products
Due to recent increased Permian Basin activity in Texas, many oil and gas companies are seeking the best pipe protection products for their drill pipe and sucker rods. At MSI, we provide only the highest-quality protectors for pipe ends and pipe threads. And as an industry leader, we ensure our products are easy to use and come with a guarantee that your equipment will remain intact during storage and shipping. Learn more about our sucker rod protection and other pipe protection products today.