Glasgow-based engineering firm takes on global oil Goliaths at final of offshore support vessel award

CDC Scotland managing director IainSteven with model of offshore support vessel
CDC Scotland managing director Iain Steven with model of offshore support vessel

A Glasgow-based engineering design company has been short-listed as a finalist in next month’s World Oil Awards’ Best Production Technology category for an offshore support-vessel.

CDC Scotland Ltd is competing alongside global giants Schlumberger, Weatherford and Saudi Aramco/Baker Hughes for the top prize with its design for a stand-alone mobile production and storage platform (MOPU/MOPSOU)

The MOPSOU design depicts a stand-alone platform with a unique storage mat.  The platform tows into position, sets up in around three days and requires little in the way of infrastructure. 

It can store up to 160,000 bbls and at the end of life it leaves the seabed as it found it.  The MOPSOU is then ready to be redeployed to its next assignment.  

The MOSPOU was designed specifically for small pools / marginal fields and to work alongside CDC’s multi-activity vessel, providing the full range of lifecycle activities

Iain Steven, Managing Director, CDC Scotland, said:“To have reached the finalist stages two years running, and to be competing on a par with industry giants when there are only four of us on the ground, is an honour itself.  

“It reflects well not only on CDC but on the quality and innovativeness that can be found within the Scottish engineering sector.

“Our philosophy has always been to challenge the attitude of ‘doing it the way it has always been done’ and just making things bigger.  Sometimes that’s hard feeling as though you’re banging your head against a brick wall.  

“But things are beginning to change.  A number of clients are taking a greater interest in our designs and I’m confident that the team’s hard work and perseverance is beginning to pay off.”

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11 Sept 2017

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