Canrig’s SureGrip™ ball-and-pocket gripping technology was recently selected for one of the Offshore Technology Conference’s (OTC) prestigious “Spotlight on Technology” awards at the upcoming 2011 show. First Subsea is the exclusive manufacturer and technology partner for SureGrip.
Award recipients are recognized for innovative technology with the potential to have a significant impact within the oil and gas industry in coming years. The OTC Spotlight committee chose only 15 winners from hundreds of submissions. Selections were based on the following five criteria: new, innovative, proven, broad interest and significant impact.
“This award is an excellent opportunity to showcase the new SureGrip technology at our industry’s leading technology event,” said Justin Jarski, SureGrip Project Line Manager. “We’re really on to something with the ball-and-pocket gripping technology and think it has the potential to change how pipe is handled in our industry.”
“We are delighted that Canrig’s SureGrip™ will receive a “Spotlight on Technology” award at this year’s OTC show. The tool’s innovative gripping technology is already shaping the way people think about pipe handling during casing running,” enthused Brian Green, general manager, First Subsea Ltd.
The SureGrip™ CRT marks a significant advance in the efficiency and safety of casing operations by reducing manual handling, equipment and personnel needed during casing operations. Moreover using the ball and taper, multi-point grip has been shown to minimise damage to the pipe casing and overcomes technical and load limits of traditional die slips. Sharp indents from die teeth are eliminated as well, reducing potential casing failure methods later in wellbore life.
Source: First Subsea, April 19, 2011;