Mechanical intervention technology recognized through industry award

Slimp Award Herowithwinner


Alex Nicodimou
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Welltec Puncher 218 wins in the 2023 Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation (MEAs)

Welltec® is pleased to announce the award of Hart Energy’s E&P 2023 Special Meritorious Awards for Engineering Innovation (MEA). The MEA program recognizes new products and technologies that demonstrate innovation in concept, design, and application. A distinguished panel of independent judges selected the Welltec® Puncher 218 technology for the prestigious awards.

“This award is a fantastic acknowledgment of the advances we continue to make within our intervention technologies," says Alex Nicodimou, Welltec VP for Sales & Marketing.

"We are constantly improving and evolving our portfolio, while also developing new services and new service sizes as in this particular case. The focus is always to help our clients and continue to make operations more efficient, more controllable, and more reliable, through technology," adds Nicodimou. 

The Welltec Puncher 218 provides an efficient, e-line conveyed, non-explosive method for equalizing pressures between tubular strings. With an ultra-slim outer diameter of just 2.125”, its innovative design is ideal for extended reach and going beyond narrow internal diameter restrictions. It stands apart from anything else on the market as the slimmest non-explosive puncher capable of creating multiple perforations on a single run.

Industry recognition
“Technology has clearly been at the forefront as the industry has challenged the frontiers of exploration, drilling, and production. We applaud Welltec’s commitment to technological progress in the upstream area, and we congratulate them on receipt of this award,” says Jordan Blum, Editorial Director at Hart Energy.  

The award-winning submission was supported by a case story from the field, a plug and abandonment (P&A) preparation offshore Denmark. In this instance, TotalEnergies wanted to circulate trapped gas from a well by creating multiple perforations in the 4-1/2” tubing. Welltec deployed a mechanical tool suite, including the ultra-slim Welltec Puncher 218, utilizing a fast, surface-controlled drilling technique to produce five, 12 mm uniform holes in predetermined locations, with depth control preventing any damage occurring to the casing behind.

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. As a well-established and trusted partner to energy industry stakeholders across the globe, Welltec is successfully aiding clients within New Energy and Climate Technology, with a focused approach to help develop geothermal energy, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects.

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.