Welltec® Annular Barrier (WAB) secures innovation award

Hart Award for WAB


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Hart Energy - 2021 Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation

The Welltec® Annular Barrier (WAB®) has been declared winner in the 2021 Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation (MEAs) in the ‘Drilling Systems’ category, with Hart Energy delivering their annual acknowledgement of engineering excellence and achievement in the upstream petroleum industry.

As a versatile metal expandable packer which can be utilized in multiple well construction and integrity applications, WAB technology is a winner in the ‘Drilling Systems’ category in recognition of innovation in concept, design, and application.  

The successful award entry was centered around an innovative utilization of WAB technology for the purpose of isolating losses during the drilling of laterals.  By deploying WABs instead of swell packers, improved sealing was achieved and losses were reduced, resulting in a step-change in operational efficiency.

We kindly thank Hart Energy for the award, and continue to strive towards providing our clients with the most innovative solutions.

The MEA program

The annual MEA program, awarded by Hart Energy’s E&P editors, recognizes new products and technologies in upstream oil and gas that demonstrate innovation in concept, design, and application.

The distinguished panel of independent judges is made of experts from many professional backgrounds relevant to the energy industry.   

The full list of categories and 2021 winners can be found here.

About Welltec

Welltec® is a global technology company that develops and provides efficient, hi-tech solutions for the energy industry.

The company was founded in 1994 and grew rapidly by supplying innovative robotic technology to oil and gas operators. In 2010, Welltec introduced a new business segment focused on the development of Completion products. Commercialization of these products began in 2014, and the company is now a global leader in the field of metal expandable packer technology. Welltec’s cutting-edge products and services are designed to optimize the performance and integrity of a well, in any environment.

Through advanced engineering and lightweight design, Welltec’s solutions have helped clients increase operational efficiency and reduce carbon footprints in a safe and sustainable way for more than 25 years.