Broadbent wins Algeria plant contract
Algiers, September 14, 2010
Broadbent Stanley, a key designer and manufacturer of manual and CNC lathes along with oilfield and rubber roll grinders, said it has won its second order from Baker Hughes for installation of its Yorky Type “O” Oilfield Grinder at its plant in Algeria.
Broadbent Stanley said the new order from Baker Hughes EHO (Eastern Hemisphere Operations) for its Yorky Type “O” Oilfield Grinder comes following its recent successful installation in Baker Hughes' Azerbaijan Oilfield Equipment repair facility.
Based in the Hassi Messaoud Commune, this Baker Hughes facility needed a high speed, heavy duty but flexible, easy to operate machine to grind the somewhat unwieldy but specialised fishing tools, the company said in a statement.
If a drill pipe is damaged or lost, or if the drill bit comes adrift during the drilling operations it has to be retrieved before drilling can proceed and this is where the fishing tool comes in. It’s generally tailor-made via an impression made in soft material sent down the bore hole to ensure they stand the best chance in retrieval.
Clearly, as soon as a drilling operation is shut down costs escalate, so it’s a top priority to get the fishing tool ground to specification, down the bore hole to retrieve the damaged or lost equipment with some urgency so drilling can continue.
'After studying the types of machine available on the global market and discussions with their operations people in Azerbaijan, it soon became apparent the machine that stood head and shoulders above all others was the Yorky Type “O” oilfield grinder,' said Graham Thomas, managing director of Broadbent Stanley.
“We have been courting Baker Hughes for some time and was pleasing to win the Azerbaijan order but Bakers are a tough company and insist everything has to be spot on. Apart from cost, any product going into an oilfield environment has to be of a heavy duty construction and be ultra reliable due to the costs involved,” he explained.
“It has been a long journey with the Yorky product and is pleasing we have got it right. From years of experience in the oil and gas industry with our oil country lathes, we knew there was a market for Yorky and pleasing we’re now getting some prestigious installations, we’ve sold almost a dozen machines in the past year alone,” Thomas added.-TradeArabia News Service