Atlas Copco B7-41 Hurricane boosters, high penetration rates, small footprints

Hurricane BoosterAtlas Copco’s B7-41/1000 Hurricane boosters help drill and service crews achieve high penetration rates with small equipment footprints. The boosters’ small footprints also make them easy to transport between drilling and service sites. Atlas Copco featured the B7-41 Hurricane boosters during the Permian Basin International Oil Show in Odessa, Texas, October 21-23.

Underground water is diverted away from drill bits using the boosters’ powerful output. The B7-41 boosters generate more than 2,000 cfm flow at a maximum 1,000 psi to assist in pushing water up the borehole from hundreds of feet below ground. Removing underground water allows the down-the-hole air hammers to efficiently power through rock formations by reducing water pressure in the borehole.

Drill crews increase their drilling efficiency with the boosters’ high cfm capacities and discharge pressures. In the boosters, a 7-liter engine powers a four-cylinder reciprocating pumper to generate discharge pressures as high as 1,000 psi. This gas is then piped underground to push air hammers through dense rock formations found in oil and gas drilling applications.

Engine and valve maintenance service times are minimized because of the boosters’ easy service access and proven engine block technology. The boosters feature open-skid bodies, which allow mechanics to easily and quickly access the diesel engines and valves.

Atlas Copco offers two engine types that meet a variety of emission standards for the three B7-41 models. Customers choose between a Caterpillar C7 Tier 3 and Caterpillar C7 Interim Tier 4 engines to meet the demands of their worksite.

The B7-41 boosters feature single point lifting and fork lift slots that allow users to quickly and easily move the units to drilling and service sites or around drill pads and offshore rigs. Atlas Copco also offers the boosters in DNV2.7.1- and CSC-certified containers, as well as rig-safe units for offshore drilling applications. The containers make the boosters readily transported on flatbed trailers, railcars and in cargo ships and minimize dust accumulation.

Atlas Copco offers two cold weather kits to enable starting in temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero. The basic cold weather kit allows for starts at 15 degrees below zero and includes: larger batteries, 5W-40 engine oil, PAROIL S xtreme oil and pre-heater. The Arctic/Nordic Kit allows the boosters to start at 20 degrees below zero. In addition to the basic kit’s features, the Arctic/Nordic kit includes: a diesel-fired heater; drain line and vessel heater pads; engine and pumper block heaters; manual lowers and a weatherproof container.

Other optional features make booster operation easy and reduce worksite maintenance. Digital control panels, for instance, are easy to read and to navigate. A range of service packs including materials and tools, such as engine oil, makes booster maintenance in remote areas quick and easy. Other optional features include automatic scrubber drain valves and inlet particle filters to minimize particulates from depositing within the booster, which can damage the boosters’ valves.

The B7-41 Hurricane boosters complete the air-supply package for oil and gas drilling operations when combined with an Atlas Copco air compressor.  Having all the needed equipment under one company ensures quick ordering and convenient after-sale support for equipment servicing and operation questions.