Topic: Intervention

Expro lands major contract to support Chevron-operated Gorgon facility

Region: Australia
Content Types: Report
Date: Nov, 2020

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Expro Group Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Expro International Group Holdings Ltd, has secured a five-year contract for its innovative subsea riserless well intervention (RWI) solution


Located on Barrow Island, 60 km off the Northwest coast of Western Australia, the Gorgon facility is one of the world’s largest LNG projects. In 2019 it produced a daily average of 2.3bn cu f of natural gas and 6,000 barrels of condensate and will soon be back to full capacity after production resumed from the LNG train 2 which was closed for maintenance in May, although train 1 and 3 will now be subjected to inspection.

The Expro RWI system provides a reliable wire through-water integrated solution for carrying out cost effective intervention and/or abandonment operations on all types of subsea wells.

The intervention package is complete with well access and multiple conveyance methods, including slickline, eline, and the company’s new CoilHose technology, which substitutes coiled tubing’s conventional steel pipe with hose.

The Expro RWI system has been developed as part of its wider Subsea Well Access portfolio, which also consists of Subsea Test Tree Assemblies (SSTTA), as well as an Intervention Riser System (IRS) ensuring customers have the correct solution for all subsea well access requirements.

Graham Cheyne, Subsea and Well Access Vice President at Expro, commented, “In 2019, we expanded our subsea intervention capabilities with the introduction of two new well access solutions to the market – the RWI and the IRS. Our partnership with an intervention vessel provider combines our efforts to provide a full subsea package to meet our customers’ requirements.”

Cheyne added, “Built on proven technology and service expertise, this contract award allows us to demonstrate our enhanced subsea strengths. Since introducing our new well access solutions, we have secured a number of exciting new contracts in the APAC region, complementing our core subsea landing string business.”

Gary Sims, Expro Senior Area Manager, said, “Australia is an important market for us and we recently invested in an US$11mn multi-purpose built facility in Perth which will support the Chevron contract. The facility will have a 2,100 sq m re-enforced dedicated light well intervention area for storage and maintenance of specific equipment. We continue to build our local Australia subsea well access expertise. Along with our vessel partner, we will provide a highly skilled, predominately local Australian crew.”

After a difficult year hampered by Covid-19 the award of the contract and the resumption of production from the LNG train 2 are set to provide a significant boost for the company who appear to have weathered the difficulties of the past few months admirably and look to continue their strong recovery in 2021.