Expro wins major North Sea contract

BP's Schiehallion FPSO. Photo courtesy of Kees Torn
BP's Schiehallion FPSO. Photo courtesy of Kees Torn

Oilfield services company Expro has secured a multi million pound, seven year subsea contract with BP for its Quad 204 project to west of the Shetland Isles in the UK North Sea.

 

The project will allow Expro to apply its latest vertical subsea technologies in the North Sea for the first time. The contract includes construction of a new floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit to replace the existing Schiehallion FPSO. The new FPSO and its subsea structures will be installed in modules with production planned for 2016.

 

The project also includes an extension of the existing subsea system with 15 new and replacement flow lines and 21 new and replacement risers. 14 new wells will be added to the 52 existing ones.

 

BP said the new FPSO is expected to produce 130 million barrels per day of oil and 220 million standard cubic feet per day of gas compression. The redevelopment will allow BP to reach resources that are currently inaccessible after appraisals showed the field holds more reserves than originally anticipated.

 

Expro will provide a vertical ‘xmas tree’ landing string for the installation of BP’s subsea completions. Expro said this ELSA-DB (Dual Bore) subsea test tree system enables well clean-up/completion deployment from a MODU (Mobile Operated Drilling Unit) prior to the installation of the vertical production tree.

 

Expro Region Director for Europe CIS Keith Palmer said: “Expro have been the provider of subsea equipment and services to BP’s operations in the North Sea since the late 1990s, working across a range of challenging subsea environments, and this new contract further strengthens our working relationship.

 

“This long term contract allows Expro to further develop our technology in the UK North Sea, increase our local workforce and continue to provide a high quality service to BP.”

 

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