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Blow-out Control Tools

A Breakthrough in Drilling Control

Closed Position

Opened Position

#48, 27264 Twp Road 392, Red Deer County, Alberta T4S 2A5

Telephone: (403) 304-2692 Fax: (403) 347-3226


Email: jpsaulnier@shaw.ca

Blow-out
Control
Tools
BCT specializes in the design of downhole oilfield tools
Industry approached BCT in 1999 to solve problems associated with the poor quality and
performance of downhole floats. The design criteria was to manufacture a blow-out
control valve, that would continue to function during under-balanced and deep drilling
conditions.
I) the blow-out control valve had to be able to withstand the high differentials
associated with drilling and deep drilling in particular.
Solution: We designed the ball and seat to withstand continuous differentials of
15,000 psi. This was accomplished by using a ball out of titanium
carbide, and a seat out of tungsten carbide.
2) The cage had to resist drilling abrasion, and be compatible with a H2S environment.

Solution: The cage was designed and manufactured with 4130 ASTM material,
18-22 Rockwell.
3) The blow-out control valve was requested to have a dual function.
1) The seat should be orificed so as to allow pressure below the ball to meter by.
2) It had to seal 100% of the pressure from below, giving the drilling operator choices.
Solution: A removable tungsten carbide insert was designed with one side left as
a smooth sealing surface, and the other side to have orificed slots cut
into the seat allowing pressure below the ball to meter by. This unique
design allows the drilling operator a choice of well control. The operator
will flip the seat to select either orificed or solid control.
4) The ball was required to be closed by a spring that would lightly keep the ball on the
seat, yet would allow limited differentials to open it, thus allowing the string to drain
while pulling out of the hole,
Solution: A spring made of Inconel X-750 was designed to stand up to drilling well
bore conditions, and to lightly hold the ball on the seat. During
pumping operations, the ball is pumped open depressing the spring
into a housing that is isolated from drilling fluid abrasion.
5) The blow-out control valve had to have excellent wearability and corrosion resistance,
Solution: The cage was coated with a bluing process of sodium nitrate for long
resistance to corrosive elements. All materials used in the manufacture
of BCT's blow-out control valve are designed for maximum wearability.
Finally the blow-out control valve has to pass a 162 point in-house inspection before,
during and on completion of assembly
Field trials of the blow-out control valve have exceeded all design criteria, operators
are using the BCT blow-out control valve as the valve of choice.

#48, 27264 Twp Road 392, Red Deer County, Alberta T4S 2A5

Telephone: (403) 304-2692 Fax: (403) 347-3226