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Archer launches suite of pioneering plug solutions


Technologies to deliver safer wells and more efficient operations

Archer Oiltools, the industry leader for smart and robust solutions in well integrity and well performance, has launched the SPARTAN plug family, to help operators deliver safer wells, boost operational efficiency and reduce costs.

Driven by customer demand and industry challenges, the SPARTAN plug family has been developed to ensure well integrity during operations, secure well suspension and safe plug and abandonment (P&A) for all wells.

The SPARTAN plug delivers protection for short, medium or long term suspensions, and rapid deployment and retrieval, which ensures safer wells and reduces operational time and costs. In addition to the SPARTAN everyday plug, Archer Oiltools’ plugs portfolio includes three pioneering plug systems – VAULT , HUNTER and SPEARHEAD.

The plug systems include the VAULT dual plug system which enables two Archer plugs to be installed in one run, streamlining plug operations. The SPEARHEAD plug system is designed to withstand increased hangoff loads or pull forces, which improves the efficiency of P&A operations. The HUNTER tandem plug system allows a barrier plug to be run in combination with other downhole tools, due to its versatile design, which sets new standards in operational efficiency, saving the number of trips and rig time.

Hugo Idsøe, Archer vice president and Archer Oiltools managing director, says: “Archer Oiltools is a pioneer and market leader in retrievable plugs. Since the successful launch of our first plug in 2004, we’ve been investing in our R&D programmes to be one step ahead of industry needs.”

The SPARTAN plug family is an addition to the existing LOCK™ plug family of gas tight well suspension plugs. These product lines, designed to reduce rig handling, form the base of Archer Oiltools’ plug portfolio, which is field proven worldwide with more than 2,500 runs.

Mr Idsøe continued: “It was once believed that one Spartan soldier was worth more than several men of any other Grecian state. This is reflected in our SPARTAN product family – best in class solutions to improve safety, increase operational efficiency and reduce costs.”

About Archer

Archer is a global oil services company with a heritage that stretches back over 40 years. With a strong focus on safety and delivering the highest quality products and services, Archer operates in 40 locations over 19 countries providing drilling services, well integrity & intervention, plug & abandonment and decommissioning to its upstream oil and gas clients.