31.05.17 Maiden Voyage For Claxton’s ‘WellRaizerTM’ Modular Conductor Recovery System

Claxton, a leading supplier of engineering and services for shallow water, jack-up depth markets in subsea services group Acteon, has deployed its new WellRaizerTM modular conductor recovery system to support the rigless recovery of seven abandoned wells on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

WellRaizerTM has been designed, engineered, and developed by Claxton to allow the recovery offshore of oil and gas conductor pipe and casing of up to 36 inch in diameter, without the use of a jack-up rig or platform-based drilling derrick.

The recovery system offers a safe working load (SWL) lifting capacity of up to 300 metric tonnes, provided by hydraulic cylinders with a dedicated hydraulic power unit, and can recover pipe in 40ft lengths. This high lift capacity has also been designed to skid efficiently in both the ’X’ and ‘Y’ axes between each well slot under its own power.

Matt Marcantonio, R&D manager, Claxton, said: “With the launch of WellRaizerTM Claxton is now able to bring severance and recovery all under one roof. We believe this capability is a first of its kind for the industry and means we can offer a full solution rather than just a one-off service to our customers.

 “The WellRaizerTM recovery system comprises of both a static and travelling elevator which grip the tubular sections via two powered slip packages. The unit also incorporates material handling cranes to remove reliance on the main crane for smaller operations and has been developed to meet design codes for this campaign and safety standards for work on the Norwegian Continental Shelf including: NORSOK Z-015, NORSOK R-002, API 4F, API 8C, DNV 2-7.1, and DNV 2-7.3.”

WellRaizerTM can importantly also facilitate Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) procedures. For operations, this includes providing a safe area for technicians during the efficient deployment of products like the Claxton SABRETM subsea abrasive cutting system, used in down hole cutting, drilling and pinning operations.

Marcantonio added: “Through its maiden voyage, we looked at maximising time savings at every stage, whether prior to mobilisation onshore, achieving a safer operation whilst mitigating risks offshore, or providing the multi-skilled staff who now run more efficiently both WellRaizerTM and the subsea abrasive cutting system SABRETM.”

Rigless platform well abandonment is just one of the many services Claxton can offer to reduce the cost of your decommissioning project. Learn more about Claxton’s decommissioning services.


For more information, please contact: Andy Norman, Head of Brand and Marketing, Claxton
T: +44 (0)1493 744500

Claxton, an Acteon company, is the leading supplier of engineering and services for shallow-water, jackup-depth markets. The company draws on more than three decades of industry experience to provide services for well systems, structures and pipelines across the lifetime of a field – from pre-drilling to drilling, production and decommissioning. Claxton provides first-class tailored engineering and holds a large on-call rental inventory. Claxton’s responsive service, alongside numerous field-proven innovations, has established an enviable reputation for the company. For more information, please visit www.claxtonengineering.com.

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Acteon provides a range of global subsea services from surveying, installation, asset integrity management through to decommissioning. Acteon’s companies share knowledge and experience to add value and create effective, tailored solutions for clients across four business segments: survey, monitoring and data; risers and moorings; seabed foundation technologies; and project support services.

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Acteon Field Life Service (FLS)

Acteon Field Life Service (FLS) offers a “joined-up” approach to the capex and opex challenges presently being experienced by the industry. By bringing together the specialist skills and technologies of Acteon’s individual branded service companies, Acteon FLS provides a broader and more flexible capability to address multi-faceted projects and customer-specific demands.

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Risers and moorings

Acteon provides deepwater riser engineering, structural analysis, riser, conductor, flowline and pipeline services to add value and create effective, tailored solutions. Acteon offers world-leading capabilities in high-pressure, high-temperature risers, temporary and permanent moorings, design, supply, installation, relocation and decommissioning. With the largest global inventory of offshore mooring equipment, Acteon also provides global inventory management with rapid delivery.

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