BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — Australia's burgeoning coal seam gas industry has created a new opportunity for a Brisbane-based injection molder.
B&C Plastics Pty. Ltd. co-director Royston Kent said his company has designed and manufactured a cable-carrying centralizer, used to monitor gas within wells, on behalf of Brisbane-based QGC Pty. Ltd., part of British BG Group plc and one of the largest coal seam gas mining companies operating in the state of Queensland.
“We engaged in our production process, designing and developing a prototype, researching tooling, and testing injection molding,” Kent said.
He told Plastics News the centralizer, manufactured from high-impact nylon 6, is made from only two parts, eliminating 12 parts in earlier designs. Having fewer parts significantly reduces assembly time at mine sites.
The centralizers allow coal seam gas miners to keep core monitoring tubes central when lowering them into the wells, while also helping run cables down.