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PROPERTY OF DRAWN BY DATE REVISION Engineering Bulletin

Bruce Boulanger July 05, 2017


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Stripping Recommendations for Cameron Annular BOP

1. Control System Requirements For Stripping


If the BOP is used for stripping, the hydraulic control system and the control piping should
conform to the following requirements. Figure 1 shows the recommended configuration.
The hydraulic control system should include the following items:

• A nitrogen precharged surge bottle of 10-gallon capacity.


• A pneumatically controlled or hydraulically controlled self-relieving pressure
regulator
• A control valve of the non-check type.

The purpose of these items are to reduce the pressure surge which occurs in the BOP
closing chamber each time a tool joint enters the closed packer. High pressure surges
cause excessive and unnecessary packer wear.

Details concerning the surge bottle, the pressure regulator, and the control valve are given
below. Ensure that all hydraulic piping is rated for 3000 psi normal working pressure.

1.1. Surge Bottle


A nitrogen precharged surge bottle should be connected as closely and directly as
possible to the closing port of the BOP operating system. A 10-gallon surge bottle,
precharged to a pressure of 300 to 400 psi, will normally give proper stripping
performance with all sizes of the Cameron D/DL BOP. For subsea BOP
installations, the precharge in the surge bottle should be increased approximately
40 to 50 psi for every 100 feet of depth beneath the surface. The surge bottle
should conform to the requirements of API RP 53, and should be rated for a
minimum of 3000 psi working pressure.

The surge bottle will slow the response of the BOP when closing and will increase
the fluid volume required for closing. If a valve is placed in the line between the
BOP closing line and the surge bottle, it will be possible to have rapid response
when closing and still remain prepared for the stripping operations. The valve
should be kept closed during normal drilling operations, and opened whenever
stripping becomes necessary.

WARNING - Some surge bottles must be oriented vertically in order to function


properly. Check the recommendations of the surge bottle
manufacturer before mounting the bottle.

NOTE - A very short and direct connection between the surge bottle and the
BOP closing port is extremely important in reducing pressure surges
in the BOP closing chamber. Any restrictions in the piping will
severely reduce the effectiveness of the surge bottle.

NOTE - It is possible that sufficient piping may already exist between the
pressure regulator and BOP to produce a volume of sufficient size to
take the place of an actual surge bottle.
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1.2. Pressure Regulator


The hydraulic control system should be equipped with a pneumatically or
hydraulically controlled self-relieving pressure regulator. This type of regulator will
relieve the pressure increase downstream of the regulator each time a tool joint
enters the closed packer.

NOTE - The self-relieving regulator cannot respond instantaneously to


pressure surges. The surge bottle responds immediately to a
pressure surge, but the bottle cannot accommodate the entire amount
of fluid displaced during entry of a tool joint into the closed packer.
The desired performance is obtained by using both the surge bottle
and the self-relieving pressure regulator.

1.3. Control Valve


The operating system control valve should be of a non-check type, so that
operating fluid can move through the valve back to the self-relieving regulator.
During stripping, the operator must carefully control closing pressure if maximum
packer life is to be obtained; the next section gives detailed procedures for
stripping pipe through the closed BOP.

2. Stripping Pipe Through The Closed BOP


Before stripping pipe through the closed BOP, make certain the control system conforms
to the requirements detailed in the previous section. If these requirements are not met,
packer wear may be excessive and it may be very difficult to move tool joints through the
closed packer.

3. Stripping Procedure
3.1. Ensure that the open chamber of the Annular is open/vented.
3.2. Set the closing pressure of the Annular to an initial value between 300 psi
and 400 psi. The 300 psi to 400 psi pressure should be the pressure at the
Annular closing pressure port.
3.3. If flow rates can be measured directly:
3.3.1. Allow a leakage rate through the packer of approximately 1 gallon/minute.

3.3.2. Adjustment of the closing pressure can accomplish and maintain leak rate.

NOTE - This leakage allows for proper lubrication between the pipe
and the packer. Without lubrication, the packer can be
quickly and severely damaged.

NOTE - The above process is primarily for stripping out of the hole. If
stripping into the hole, apply lubricant to the pipe and
especially the tool joints or couplings. Suitable lubricants in
order of preference are:

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1. oil
2. oil-based drilling mud
3. water-based drilling mud
4. water with gel
5. plain water

3.4. If flow rates cannot be measured directly:


3.4.1. Increase closing pressure until there is no pressure decay.

3.4.2. Reduce closing pressure until pressure decay rate is 0.5% of the well bore
pressure per minute. For example, at 10,000 psi well bore, a pressure
decay of at least 50 psi/min is needed.

CAUTION - Closing pressure should not equal or exceed the maximum


rated hydraulic pressure for the BOP. D/DL Annulars is 3000
psi; T-90 & T-84 is 1500 psi. If closing pressure is
approaching this value, consideration should be given to
changing the packer/donut.

3.4.3. Adjust closing pressure as needed to maintain the pressure decay rate.

4. Finding Tool Joints


4.1. Enact steps 3.1 and 3.2 of the Stripping Procedure section.
4.2. Pull pipe through the annular until the following are observed:
4.2.1. An increase in the closing pressure of the annular, and

4.2.2. A recordable drag on the drill string weight indicator.

4.3. If both observations outlined in step 4.2 above (in this section entitled
“Finding Tool Joints”) are identified at the same time, then a tool joint has
been located and is positioned at the packer.
NOTE - Tool joints should be moved as slowly as possible through the packer.
As the tool joint passes through the packer in the BOP, there will be
an increase in the closing pressure. Try to limit the rise to 100 psi or
less. The faster the tool joint passes through the packer, the greater
the closing pressure increase and the faster the packer will wear out.

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Figure 1 – Recommended configuration of the control system if the BOP is to be used for
stripping.

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Figure 2 – Opening and closing ports of the BOP operating system. Connection may be made
to whichever ports are most convenient. The unused port is plugged during normal operation.
D/DL is shown in this figure.

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Figure 3 – Graph to allow determination of the approximate closing pressure required to seal a
given bore pressure when stripping.

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