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Xodus wins Apache contract

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Apache has awarded Xodus Group a contract for the delivery of subsea engineering services for two new infill well developments at the Nevis and Skene fields in the Northern North Sea.

The project includes designing and fabricating spools with no need for metrology, thus focusing on time and effort savings. This latest win follows a number of successful project deliveries for the operator over the last 18 months, including the concept, front end engineering design and detailed design studies for the Beryl field’s Far North Triassic subsea tie-back, which was 4 km in length.

This consisted of a production flexible, gas lift flexible and an electro-hydraulic controls umbilical tied back to the Beryl Bravo platform. In addition to performing the detailed design, Xodus also package managed the delivery of the production flexible on behalf of Apache and helped the operator achieve first oil just 11 months after drilling the well, ahead of schedule and over 30% under budget.

Andrew Wylie, Scotland Subsea and Pipelines Manager at Xodus, believes that the strong working relationship with Apache is delivering results. He said: “We are looking forward to supporting the Nevis and Skene developments. The new approach to the design of spools is one example of how we are challenging the norm and doing things differently. We are involved with Apache in the very early stages of a project and they give us the freedom to think about the challenge so that we can focus on finding the best and most efficient solution.”

Entering the North Sea in 2003, Apache and has an interest in approximately 400 000 gross acres in the UK North Sea. Patrick Duggan, Subsea Projects Manager of Apache, added: “We are pleased to continue to build on our relationship with Xodus to progress our planned infill well programme, which will bring additional North Sea production to our portfolio.”

Xodus will be presenting at Subsea Expo in Aberdeen on 1 February 2017. The company will discuss: ‘Recovery loads of skirted subsea structures on a soft clay seabed.’ With an increasing requirement to consider detailed engineering for decommissioning projects, Xodus, Oil and Gas Innovation Centre and the University of Dundee have been undertaking a project to investigate the recovery loads of skirted subsea structures on a soft clay seabed. The first phase of modelling testing has been completed, with a second phase to be completed this year.

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