During the Permian Basin International Oil Show, which took place October 21-23, Atlas Copco Construction Equipment featured two of its new machines.
Atlas Copco is based in Denver, Colorado, and was founded by Edward Franckle in 1873. The company is a world leading provider in industrial productivity and has products ranging from compressed air and gas equipment, to construction and mining equipment, and industrial tools and assembly systems.
The company serves customers all over the world, including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Atlas Copco’s North American customers include those in the oil industry, and they have supplied oil operations with drill rigs, portable compressors, boosters and drilling tools.
At the Permian Basin in Texas for the International Oil Show last week, Atlas Copco “brought the whole package,” and showed off their latest technological advancements in oil field machinery and tools. Their exhibited included their new XRVS 1550+ portable compressor and B7-41 Hurricane boosters.
The XRVS 1550+ portable compressor works with Atlas Copco’s DrillAirXpert system and ensures maximum flexibility for a broad range of applications and regions. DrillAirXpert has a fully variable pressure and flow setting capability, according to Atlas Copco’s press release. By eliminating the pneumatic regulating system, the compressor is more efficient, saves fuel, increases output and lowers the Operator’s cost per project.
The XRVS 1550+ has the same base design, physical footprint and operating system as an earlier model to provide maximum portability and flexibility. The XRVS 1550+ is powered by a CAT C18TT, EPA-compliant Tier 2 engine and coupled with several pressure vessel certifications for areas, such as the U.S., Australia, and Canada.
Rob Johnston, Atlas Copco Portable Energy factory product manager, commented on the XRVS 1550+:
We have taken the well-respected XRVS 1000+ and given it a big brother, with greater flow and flexibility… Listening to our customers’ requests for higher flexibility, we have extended our range with a machine that is the most versatile in the industry and is suitable for a large range of applications, such as supplying feed air to one of our Hurricane Boosters for oil and gas sites; high altitude exploration drilling; and for drilling deeper larger diameter holes.
The B7-41 Hurricane boosters allow drill and service crews obtain high penetration rates with small equipment footprints. Because the boosters’ have a small footprint it is easy to transport from drilling and service sites. According to Atlas Copco’s press release, the B7-41 Hurricane boosters divert underground water from the drill bits. It generates more than 2,000 cfm flow at a maximum 1,000 psi to aid in pushing water up the borehole from hundreds of feet underground. By removing the water, it allows the down-the-whole air hammers to efficiently break through rock formations by reducing the water pressure in the borehole.
The B7-41 Hurricane boosters increase drilling efficiency due to the high cubic feet per minute (cfm) capacities and discharge pressures. In the boosters there is a seven-liter engine that powers a four-cylinder reciprocating pumper to generate discharge pressures as high as 1,000psi. The gas is then piped underground and pushes the air hammers through the think rock formations in oil and gas drilling operations.
Due to the boosters’ easy service access and engine block technology, engine and valve maintenance is minimized. With open-skid bodies, the boosters allow mechanics to easily and quickly access the diesel engines and valves. Atlas Copco offers two different engine types, including the Caterpillar C7 Tier 3, the Caterpillar C7 Interim Tier 4. Both engines meet several emissions standards for the three B7-41 models.
The boosters feature a single point lifting and fork lift slots that allow the machine to be easily and quickly moved. According to Atlas Copco’s press release, the company also offers the boosters in DNV2.7.1- and CSC-certified containers and rig-safe units for offshore drilling operations. The containers allow the boosters to be transported on flatbed trailers, railcars, and in cargo ships and reduce dust accumulation.
To protect and increase the B7-41 Hurricane boosters’ power during cold weather, Atlas Copco offers two cold weather kits starting at temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero. The company’s basic cold weather kits allows the boosters to start at 15 degrees below zero. The kits includes larger batteries, k5W-40 engine oil, PAROIL S xtreme oil and a pre-heater. The Arctic/Nordic Kit allows the boosters to start at 20 degrees below zero and in addition to the basic kit’s features, it includes a diesel fire heater, drain line and vessel heater pads, engine and pumper block heaters, manual lowers and a weatherproof container.
Additional features for the boosters include digital control panels, service packs that include materials and tools like engine oil, automatic scrubber drain valves and inlet particle filters to decrease particulates from depositing in the booster.