Benefits of using Australian products in the drilling industry

Governments and manufacturers have been advocating the use of Australian owned products for many years.  This is no different within the drilling industry, as the practical benefits of working with locally supplied products remain clear.  

Australian flag on blue sky

Technical support

Whether it be a pipe casing, a spacing system or a piece of machinery, Australian owned products and services have the added advantage of excellent customer and technical support available. Support is just a phone call away, and often, personnel from the product’s company are able to be on-site within a relatively short time-period.

This means that when faced with a technical challenge or unfamiliar territory, a product expert can take the lead and guide you toward best practice and successful installation.

It is far more difficult to have this kind of ‘on-site’ or ‘real-time’ support when a product has been sourced internationally. It is not always feasible to have someone fly-out to visit the site, and in most scenarios, the time difference can mean a delay in response for up to 24 hours.

Delivery time and cost

Delivery time and cost when transporting products to a drill site are naturally going to reflect the distance between product location and project location.

International shipping is more expensive than local transportation, so seeking out local products can make an impressive impact on overall project costs and budget.

If a product is needed mid-way through a project, this can put the project on hold. Project downtime is costly, and adding an international product into the mix, project delays could be made even greater due to longer shipping times.

High safety and quality standard

Australia prides itself on having high safety and quality standards across the board.

According to Standards Australia, Australian and joint Australian/New Zealand standards are based on sound industrial, scientific and consumer experience goals and are regularly reviewed to ensure they keep pace with new technologies.

They cover everything from consumer products and services, construction, engineering, business, information technology, human services to energy and water utilities, the environment and much more.

Standards can be:

  • International standards

Developed by ISO and IEC (and others) and are used directly or adopted by other standardising bodies.

  • Regional standards

Prepared for use in a specific geopolitical region, the best known is the European Union (EU) where EN standards are used. Joint Australian/New Zealand standards can also be considered regional standards since they apply equally in both countries.

  • National standards

Prepared, adopted or approved by a national standards body or other body accredited to produce national standards.

For example, Australian Standard® brand Standards are either developed in Australia or are adoptions of international standards.

Aussie-owned kwik-ZIP

kwik-ZIP spacers are the only Australian-owned spacer on the market.

Although they are small, they make a large difference in the overall success of your pipeline installation, something which can be directly attributed to their creators.

kwik-ZIP spacers and centralizers have been designed and developed by Australian drilling professionals, with years of experience working within the Oil and Gas industries.

Being ISO9001 approved, they were originally created to solve production casing centralisation challenges, and are now being used throughout Australia and abroad with a series of models for multiple industries available.

kwik-ZIP products help contractors to comply with the numerous regulations that require casing centralizers or pipe spacers. This includes Wastewater and Sewerage Codes as well as Water Well Construction Standards.

For more information on the benefits of using Australian products contact Jason Linaker on +61 8 9725 4678.