Tenaris has announced that it will provide the TenarisHydril Wedge 623™ Dopeless and Blue Riser connections for Shell’s Olympus TLP in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Wedge 623™ connections were designed to comply with recent changes in deepwater operating requirements in the Gulf of Mexico. The new connection is an improved version of the Wedge 523™ connection design featuring an additional external metal-to-metal seal and offering unmatched compression ratings (80-86% efficiency) in an integral connection. The connection comes with our Dopeless technology, which enhances its performance and reliability and provides additional operational, well productivity and HSE benefits.
From June 24, the new casing connection was successfully tested to surpass ISO 13679 CAL IE protocol in Houston. “We are very pleased to accompany Shell in this deepwater project, where reliability is a must,” said Julie Mathis, Technical Sales Manager for the United States. “Both new connections are based on field-proven TenarisHydril technologies that enjoy extensive track records. In the case of the Wedge 623™ Dopeless connection, we were able to respond to Shell’s technical requirements with a customized product.”
Tenaris’s first connection for riser applications, the Blue Riser has been specially designed for use in deepwater top tensioned risers and high pressure drilling riser applications where an exceptional level of fatigue resistance and sealability performance is required. It has been tested for sealability under the ISO 13679 CAL I-E testing protocol as well as for fatigue performance and sealability after fatigue.