Clare company advances oil fields technology with federal funding

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By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

A Clare company has developed a machine that will help companies in the oilfields out west cut costs.

Clare Machine works has developed a new lathe system to help oilfield companies cut costs by re-machining drill pipes and connections in the field. 

This device is the world's only portable machine that is capable of accomplishing this in the field, within a matter of minutes, eliminating the complex logistics and expense of sending them off-site to be serviced.

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova announced $55,075 in federal government support for the invention on Monday, Jan. 20 at Clare Machine Works  in Meteghan Centre.

He said the investment would assist the business in the advancement of its patent-pending invention Beaver-3 plus and help propel the local manufacturing and welding company onto the global market.

He said the government recognizes that commercialized innovation and research are essential to our economic growth and prosperity.

“Today's investment will support Clare Machine Works as they continue to develop new products and services for use in the oil and gas sector,” Kerr said.

“Vince Stuart, owner and president of the company is an excellent example of the remarkable talent we have in our midst and an entrepreneur in the true sense of the word."

Clare Machine Works also specializes in the research and development of marine, and oil and gas industry technology. They partnered with Lote Technologies Solutions Inc. and Petro Carbon NDT Solutions Inc. of Alberta to complete the project.

A repayable investment of $43,315, through ACOA’s Business Development Program goes into the construction of the new concept prototype lathe.

Further support of an $11,760 non-repayable investment, through ACOA's Productivity and Business Skills program, will assist the company in contracting the necessary technical expertise to commercialize the upgraded lathe to the oil and gas industry worldwide.

Stuart said Beaver-3 plus which took eight months to build will be sent to Halifax for a month of programming and commissioning with their partners Bosch Rexroth before it is sent to Alberta for a four-month field test.

“Once it has completed the testing and is returned we can deal with the pitfalls and betterments,” said Stuart.

Rodney Trail, an engineer at Bosch Rexroth had high praise for the prototype which can be sold globally with service and support.

“It is energy efficient, quiet and can run on extremely low energy consumption,” said Trail. “The latest in hydraulic hydra technology is driving this.”

The simplicity of operations is a plus as it is simple for operators to run and service and it is a SMART machine added Trail.

The unit will be equipped with Satellite Monitor and Actuate Response Telemetry (SMART), allowing it to be remotely monitored and controlled, and new electromechanical operating components to improve the unit's performance. 

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is also providing advisory services, as well as funding of up to $49,065 to further develop and enhance this technology.

Terry Thibodeau, renewable energy coordinator for the Municipality of the District of Digby and emcee for the announcement said it is important to realize that economic development can take place in a rural community and this project demonstrates the skills sets among the local community showing that they are on a world class stage.

Stuart said his company is preparing to enter the international arena in a very specialized field.

“We envision further development of products and services in the near future,” said Stuart.

“A team effort from our partners and staff has made this all possible.”

Organizations: Clare Machine Works, Meteghan Centre, Lote Technologies Solutions Petro Carbon NDT Solutions Inc. of Alberta NRC-IRAP

Geographic location: Clare, West Nova, Halifax Alberta Digby

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  • Peter Budd
    January 22, 2014 - 12:25

    Congratulations again on another practical invention, which will benefit the oil patch in Canada and around the world! Canadians stand proud of you, Vince, and the team you assembled to make this possible. What's next?!