News | August 3, 2022

CORTEC Launches New Wellhead Plug Catcher To Reduce Downtime


CORTEC, a leading manufacturer of high-quality API valves, has launched its new, compact, Wellhead Plug Catcher, which is installed directly between the wellhead and the production choke.

Fracking and plug parts returning to the surface is a common problem in shale wells. The user-friendly Wellhead Plug Catcher is installed upstream of a wellhead production choke and features an internal screen that is utilized to filter out large debris to prevent it from clogging or damaging a choke. This will improve choke life and performance, improving operators’ revenues.

Stephen Corte, vice president, CORTEC, said, “Plug and other debris catching devices have been used in the industry for many years now, but CORTEC’s compact Wellhead Plug Catcher is being utilized in a new application and specifically developed to improve choke service life and minimize down time for servicing. Operators fighting substantial well debris using this product will gain increased choke trim life while experiencing less handling and downtime fighting debris. We have now installed hundreds of these units in the field and are very pleased with the positive response from our customer base.

The device has been evaluated and sized by the CORTEC engineering team to accommodate substantial plugging within the screen and still provide full capacity flow. The screen design has been field-proven and designed through consultation with field operators.

Founded in January 2004, CORTEC is a leading manufacturer of high-quality valves and flow line equipment for production, drilling and service applications in the global oil and gas industry. CORTEC is privately owned organization comprised of two manufacturing divisions, CORTEC Fluid Control (CFC) and CORTEC Manifold Systems (CMS). CORTEC engineers, manufactures, assembles and tests its products in Louisiana, USA, under API 6A, 6D and 16C licenses and has a quality system registered to ISO 9001 and API Q1. For more information, visit

Source: CORTEC