All About Manifolds
16th Nov 2021
Find out how manifolds are used out in the field and why replacement parts are so crucial.
Out in the oil fields, a manifold is a make it or break it piece of equipment. Manifold systems are a complex assembly of valves, chokes, piping, spools, gauges, connecting blocks and buffer tanks. Everything is designed to work together to control, distribute and monitor fluid flow.
Let’s learn more about the different types of manifolds and what they can do to maximize production.
Manifold Configurations and Uses
There are a lot of different ways a manifold can be configured depending on the end use and its size. Manifolds can be configured in either horizontal or vertical configurations and can be single stage or multi-stage. The manifold is usually integrated with a metal skid providing for ease of transportation. The skid comprises the necessary handling features that enable the use of common equipment to move the manifold around at site.
No matter the configuration it will be designed to minimize its footprint. Manifolds can be configured to handle specific functions. Some examples include:
- A choke manifold that’s used in well control operations.
- A fracturing manifold that’s used for directing the fluid and proppant to the correct well.
- A squeeze manifold used in squeeze cementing work.
The Choke Manifold used in drilling applications has the valves, piping and at least two adjustable chokes configured such that one adjustable choke may be isolated and removed from service for repair and refurbishment while well flow is directed through the other.
An example of operational use would be if there was a well kick or blowout, the choke manifold would be used to control pressure by opening and closing the valves and chokes until the pressure has been brought under control.
The Frac Manifold is also a system of valves that facilitates the direction of flow for the treatment fluid. It is configured to allow for the quick redirection of fracturing pressures from one well to another, enabling pump trucks to run almost continuously thereby limiting non-productive time on site.
Manifold Operational Requirements
Manifolds can come with many different operational requirements. At Heshka Oil these operational requirements can be tailored to the user’s specific end needs, including:
- Quantity of valves
- Pressure rating
- Materials (standard or sour service)
- Styles of valves and chokes
The valve and choke internal components used by Heshka Oil are interchangeable with their respective OEM valves and chokes.
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Our manifolds are manufactured to API 6A and API 16C standards for design and quality with traceability and serialization of the valve and choke components. All equipment is tested individually and as an assembled manifold prior to shipping to ensure perfect operation.
No matter the complexity of your requirements our engineering team can work directly with you to make sure you get the optimum manifold solution for your project.
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