Think fast and think smart at the same time
Forget the guesswork. The SmartStart PLUS® Time Delay Test + Frac Valve combines all the best attributes into one powerful tool, saving time and money.
Looking to simplify completions? Nine’s SmartStart PLUS Time Delay Test + Frac Valve delivers precision-ported jetting, perfect timing of pressure tests, and better formation connection in one hassle-free package.
A time-delayed, pressure-activated sliding sleeve, SmartStart PLUS eliminates the need for tubing-conveyed perforating when completing the toe stage of horizontal wells. It gives you an initial point to break down the formation while establishing a pump-in port for long horizontal completions—allowing you to better meet maximum pressure-test requirements.
SmartStart PLUS features an opening piston and fluid-metering chamber that allows time for two or more of these devices to be actuated prior to the valve opening. The delay between device activation and the opening of the ports gives the operator time to reach a predetermined casing test pressure.
Run as an integral part of the casing string, SmartStart PLUS tools may be used in both cemented and non-cemented wellbores. Upon reaching actuating pressure, which is controlled by a special rupture disc, there is an approximate lapse of 15, 30 or 60 minutes before opening, depending on the model.
The SwellSeal Swellable Packer is designed for high-saline formations and swells twice as fast as our competitors.
*60 minute tools are available upon request
“We continue to adopt new technologies as they become feasible. For example, we recently began employing a rigless toe prep technology that enabled us to cut our pre-frac oil well prep cost by more than 50%.” VP Operations - Ohio, Oklahoma and Louisiana
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As the full name suggests, the SmartStart PLUS Time Delay Test + Frac Valve combines a number of utilities in a single, precision component. Because it can perfectly time and port the pressure jets, it eliminates much of the guesswork normally involved in completions. It also eliminates the need for tubing-conveyed perforating during the toe stage of horizontal wells, allowing you to meet maximum casing pressure test requirements.
The SmartStart PLUS features optional time-delay settings of 15, 30, or 60 minutes, allowing you to exceed regulatory casing integrity test requirements.
With a significantly smaller footprint on the wellsite, the SmartStart PLUS exceeds all safety and environmental standards without sacrificing speed or reliability. It has performed successfully all over North America at temperatures of up to 400°F for durations of more than 360 days.
In a field comparison with two competitor brands, SmartStart was able to complete six wells in 8 hours. For the same number of wells, alternative solutions took 72 hours (TCP) and 42 hours (SingleToe Sub).
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