Well Isolation | Pressure Balanced Pump Open Sub
The Pressure Balanced Pump Open Sub is designed to provide an equalising facility, prior to the retrieval of a Bridge Plug or Blanking Plug. Alternatively, by attaching the Pump Open Sub to any Packer or Lock, it provides a positive barrier between the tubing and the well bore fluid below.
The piston arrangement on this version of the tool removes the requirement of having to apply pressure greater than the BHP to equalise. This is beneficial in aged wells where applied pressures should be kept to a minimum.
The Pressure Balanced Pump Open Sub is run in hole in the closed position. Pressure can be applied to the tubing to pressure test and set completion equipment above the tool.
The Pressure Balanced Pump Open Sub is opened to allow equalisation prior to the retrieval of the plug or lock, or to allow production well fluid to flow up into the tubing above.
This is achieved in one of two ways. Pressure can be applied to the tubing which results in a load being applied to the shear screws. Once a predetermined load is reached the screws shear, allowing the plunger to drop down inside the larger bore. A snap ring on the plunger then engages in a recess within the lower bore positively locking the tool open.
The plunger can also be mechanically pushed off seat using a prong. Sufficient load needs to be transferred through the plunger into the shear screws, the plunger is then pushed to the bottom of the tool and locked in position.
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