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Easternwell brings latest rig assist snubbing technology to Australia

Transfield Services’ subsidiary, Easternwell, is operating the latest in compact rig assist snubbing technology in the Surat Basin, after commissioning a new rig assist snubbing unit at its Toowoomba workshop this month.

The new rig assist snubbing unit has been tailored specifically for Coal Seam Gas (CSG) wells. As the CSG fields in South East Queensland mature, the wells become more active and harder to suspend using conventional intervention fluids. This rig assist snubbing unit provides the capability to work on live wells under pressure improving cost efficiencies for clients through reduced downtime.

This rig assist snubbing unit is single trailer mounted making it highly mobile and features the best available electronic interlock safety system which significantly reduces the risk of human error. It is available from July for clients to contract on an as needed or fixed term basis.

Easternwell’s Executive General Manager Tim Phelan said the rig assist snubbing unit is the latest snubbing technology available in Australia. The mobility and flexibility of the unit means it can provide varied operational assistance for clients.

“We opted for a rig assist snubbing unit over a stand-alone snubbing unit due to its flexibility. It attaches to the rig making it more efficient and productive,” said Tim.

“Our operations team has extensive experience in operating snubbing units in Australia and overseas. They have been training other team members over the last several months on the unit itself as well as using real life scenarios on the purpose built state-of-the-art simulator. This rig assist snubbing unit is another example of how we are improving services for our clients.”

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