The installation of conventional cementing heads on the casing is time consuming and difficult to achieve. Loading and releasing the plugs is currently controlled manually by several operators acting directly on the head. This operation can take place up to 12m (40 ft) above the rig floor and exposes the personnel to high-pressure in the cementing head and the treating lines.

A new generation of remote-controlled cementing heads has been developed and tested in the field.

This paper describes how the system operates and performs. All safety aspects for rig-up, installation, and operations are detailed. Qualification test data and a summary of the field testing are provided to demonstrate the advantages of this new generation of cementing head in terms of both safety and operation.

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