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PDC Energy installs voestalpine connection in Denver-Julesburg Basin

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voestalpine Tubulars’ newest addition to the company’s family of premium connections is VAtitan®- TC, a wedge type connection with the highest torque rating in the industry.

PDC Energy successfully installed 22 248 ft of 5.5-in. x 20.00 ppf VA-EP-P110 VAtitan-TC in the Ferguson 23G-202 well located in the Wattenberg Field in the Denver-Julesburg Basin. Extending out 15 640 ft (3 miles) from the KOP, this well has the longest lateral PDC Energy has drilled to-date. Due to the long lateral length, a connection able to withstand extreme torque to break static friction was required in the event rotation of casing to bottom was needed. With the VAtitan-TC’s deep stabbing, low-turn design, the installation took place in just under 20 hours, with zero breakouts or rejects occurring during the installation. A second well is currently being drilled by PDC Energy that will consume another 22 163 ft of voestalpine Tubulars production casing threaded with VAtitan-TC connections.

“voestalpine Tubulars and PDC have been long time business partners for Premier Pipe, and the VAtitan connection is just another example of the responsiveness of voestalpine Tubulars to address the challenges PDC faces in the field. Whether the issue is a demand for gas tight connections, or in this application, a need for the highest torque rating in the industry, voestalpine Tubulars has shown to be up to the task,” said Randall Edwards, President and CEO of Premier Pipe.

Additional E&P companies have already committed to utilising the VAtitan-TC connection in their extended reach wells, with material in route to well sites throughout the North American shale plays.

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