CNX Resources and PDC Energy install VAtitan-TC connection

CNXCNX Resources and PDC Energy have installed the VAtitan-TC connection from voestalpine Tubulars, one of the leading providers of full welding solutions 

CNX Resources has installed 27,361 feet of VAtitan-TC on the Maj-12 pad in the Pennsylvania Utica Shale. 

voestalpine Tubulars’ newest addition to CNX’s family of premium connections is VAtitan- TC, a wedge type connection with the highest torque rating in the industry. The connection was selected for its ability to withstand extreme torques, often required in such extended reach laterals. With the VAtitan-TC’s deep stabbing, low-turn design, the installation took place in just over 25 hours, with zero breakouts or rejects occurring during the installation.

“The VAtitan-TC connection was very easy to make up at the rig site. The robust thread design and deep stabbing feature made for quick make ups, ensuring a smooth and efficient casing run,” said Luke Beebe, vice-president of drilling, CNX Resources.

“We are very pleased to be a part of the inaugural running of the VAtitan-TC. B&L Pipeco Services has represented voestalpine Tubulars for the last 35 years and we credit the forward looking approach of voestalpine Tubulars and CNX Resources, our valued customer, for making this project a reality,” according to Steve Tait, CEO and president, B&L Pipeco Services.

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

PDC Energy installs in Denver-Julesburg Basin

PDC Energy has installed 22,248 feet of VAtitan-TC in the Ferguson 23G-202 well located in the Wattenberg Field in the 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. Extending out 15,640 feet 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 feet 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,” stated Randall Edwards, president and CEO of Premier Pipe.

According to voestalpine Tubulars, additional E&P companies are also 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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