CORTEC launches new CX-HB3.0 Hydra-Balance Choke and Panel System

Source: press release, 3 December 2020

The CORTEC CX-HB System in the field
The CORTEC CX-HB System in the field (photo: CORTEC)

CORTEC, manufacturer of high-quality API valves, has launched its new CX-HB3.0 Hydra-Balance Choke and Panel System, which offers drilling operations an increased level of value and functionality within Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD), Underbalanced Drilling (UBD) and other drilling set point applications.

The system, which is API 6A and NACE MR0175 compliant, is a hydraulic dual choke unit and can be controlled via a compact remote panel that can be installed in proximity to the driller. This new system has been designed to provide higher levels of accuracy, ease of use and field-friendly serviceability for end users seeking a simple set point solution. The Hydra-Balance system is designed to exceed the level of response and precision of many existing options within the market today. CORTEC has concluded an extensive round of both in-house validation and in-field operational trials. The initial run of production units will be available in the first quarter of 2021 with negotiable rental package options.

The CX-HB3.0 system features a main HPU/HMI control panel with remote HMI panel integration and offers a set point accuracy of ±25 or less psi, operating pressure range up to 2,500 psi, while maintaining a compact footprint that maximises weight and space savings.

Jeff Parker, senior business development – drilling products, says, “CORTEC is excited to offer this new choke and control panel package. Our customer base has continually expressed interest in CORTEC offering more turnkey automated solutions for their operational needs and we have heard that call. This system will offer end users unparalleled value by delivering highly precise set point control in a simple, user-friendly package that minimises operational costs.”