Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has won a multi-million pound, five year contract with Oil Spill Response (Capping) Ltd to provide maintenance support for a key part of a containment toolkit that would be used to control hydrocarbon release in the event of a subsea oil well blow-out.
Oil Spill Response is an industry-owned cooperative which exists to respond effectively to oil spills wherever in the world they may occur. Its membership consists of over 160 oil and gas corporations.
WGK will ensure that the flexible flowlines included in the toolkit are continuously maintained in a condition suitable for immediate use if mobilised by subscribing oil and gas operators.
This will include maintenance management, recommendations for preservation, inspection and testing of all ancillary and lifting equipment, as well as the flexible flowlines, stored at sites in the UK, Singapore and Brazil.
The work will be delivered by WGK teams in Aberdeen and Newcastle in the UK, Perth, Australia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bob MacDonald, Chief Executive, Wood Group Kenny, said: “This project is of vital importance to the industry as subsea well control and oil spill containment is always high on the safety agenda and key to incident response.
“When an operator is faced with a situation which could lead to a significant hydrocarbon release, this system has to be ready to be deployed rapidly with the assurance that it will be fit for purpose.”
The flowlines are critical to the containment toolkit designed for the Subsea Well Response Project (SWRP), a joint industry project managed by Shell in Norway and funded by eight of the major operating companies. WGK took an innovative approach in the SWRP to engineer the flexibles, improving traditional design to fulfil the criteria for this standby kit.
The flexible flowlines will be shipped to an incident site in the event of an oil spill. These can be used at water depths of up to 3,000m and can cope with a range of operating pressures, temperatures and fluid compositions.
Intended to be used with standard industry hardware, this equipment needs to be interfaced with a readily-available well test riser and well test surface spread on a drill rig or drill ship. It permits the rig to be located offshore at a safe distance from the incident site, and the innovative system can be deployed safely in most weather conditions.