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BJ Services gears up in Marcellus shale fields

Oilfield Technology,

BJ Services Company is expanding its tubing and casing

running operations in the Marcellus shale fields of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York.

One benefit of dedicated casing and tubing running services is the enhanced assurance that the casing will be properly torqued, minimising chances of later concerns about joint to joint integrity. This improves customers' environmental stewardship as well as the longevity of the well.

BJ Services’ tubular services group launched its Marcellus shale expansion programme in West Virginia in August 2008. Since that time, the group moved to a larger facility in Grafton, West Virginia. Since it commenced operations in the region, the group has completed nearly 230 casing and tubing running, and thread cleaning services. Most recently, a series of operations using BJ’s special truck mounted pickup and lay down (PULD) units were completed on behalf of several operators in heavy snowfall.

New bases in West Virginia and Pennsylvania
The increased demand for casing and tubing running services in the region has led to the opening of new BJ Services bases to support tubular services operations. The base in Grafton, West Virginia,

houses a full complement of state of the art casing and tubing running equipment and a workshop.

BJ recently opened a second base in Muncy, Pennsylvania, to support operations in Pennsylvania and New York. Special

tong trucks were designed to provide 100% backup for the purpose of running casing and tubing. The truck is built to carry a power unit as a primary power source, and the power take off

(PTO) as a backup power supply. It can carry the full range of standard equipment, including power tongs and torque turn units, and the company’s fill and circulate tool (FAC), which provides effective fill up of casing string while running.

Looking ahead: recruiting staff
With the vast reserves of the Marcellus shale fields, BJ Services anticipates that demand for casing and tubing running services will continue to rise, particularly in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. To ensure that its tubular services customers in the region continue to receive quality service, BJ is recruiting staff, especially in the Grafton area.

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