The Average Life Expectancy of OCTG

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All Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) require a significant investment for well operators while oil and gas consumption continues to rise. To ensure pumpers remain capable of producing the necessary quantities, the drill pipes, casings, and tubes need to operate efficiently and according to their design lifecycles.

The greater the wear on the well’s infrastructure, the more operators need to stop production and carry out costly repairs. Teams can patch leaking casings and replace portions of the lifting tubes, but these tasks remain expensive in time and create losses in revenue. At the same time, they require additional expenditures for expert services and new materials.

Changes to OCTG Design Lifecycles

The average life expectancy of OCTG depends on many factors. The integrity of the tubing will include considerations of wall thickness and the tolerances included during the well’s infrastructure design stage. Also, advances in drilling technologies mean that wells originally designed for 20-year production may yield for much longer than anticipated. To leverage the cost of investment versus the loss in production, operators often look for opportunities to reuse or repurpose legacy infrastructure. Pipe thread and tubing protective tools and stabilization equipment are also factors that can affect life expectancy.

OCTG- Types and Functions

Depending on the well design, outer casings absorb most of the external pressure from the surrounding environment. The casing is prone to both corrosion over time and/or stress failures. Additionally, the utilization of production tubing in the lifting mechanism serves as a containment barrier should the production casing fail.

Multilateral wells can improve the lifecycle of a production rig but add wear to the primary wellbore. Whether pumpers use repurposed or new OTCG, the team needs to make every effort to protect the equipment before installation.

Piping Protection Equipment and Solutions

For threaded rod strings and production systems, the integrity of each connection under torque conditions requires pipe protection. This ultimately helps prevent mechanical damage, corrosion, or debris build-up. Similarly, you should never expose welded casing sections to surface-to-surface contact during transportation or storage. Any unwanted corrosion or mechanical damage to the casing can lead to a catastrophic failure and require expensive repairs.

MSI Helps Secure Your OCTG during Every Stage of the Production Lifecycle

MSI Pipe Protection Technologies’ range of protective equipment ensures the complete, end-to-end integrity of your investments. As wells continue to yield longer than originally expected, and technology allows for greater production capabilities, your OCTG will have to operate for longer.

At MSI, we provide thread protection, pipe accessories, and handling systems that give you peace of mind.  All of our OCTG protection products come in both standard API sizes and custom sizes. However, we make custom product designs and sizes for specialty applications to order. So, connect with us to share your unique needs.

To ensure the integrity of your OCTG investments, contact MSI Pipe Protection Technologies toll-free at 1-877-276-9208.

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