£1.5m contract win for Northumberland oil and gas firm

FES International will be involved in the Western Isle's Development project in the North Sea having secured a contract worth £1.5m

Rob Anderson, managing director of FES International
Rob Anderson, managing director of FES International

Northumberland-based oil and gas engineering firm, FES International, has secured a contract worth $2.5m (£1.5m) to supply one of its latest products.

The subsea technology services specialist was called on by NOV Flexibles to supply automatic Diverless Bend Stiffener Connectors (DBSCs) as part of Subsea 7’s Western Isles Development (WID) project in North Sea, operated by the Aberdeen-based Dana petroleum.

The DBSCs reduce the cost of installing subsea risers and umbillicals by removing the need for either a dive spread or work-over ROV, which are required by existing bend stiffeners.

This contract win is the latest in a string of automated DBSC orders for FES totalling $16.5.

Technical director Ian Latimer said: “Confidence in our new technology is growing fast – the more project success we have, the more contracts flow our way.

“The automatic DBSC is our latest DBSC development and can save operators up to £400,000 on the cost of installation. It is going to play a big part in our future.

“We’ve worked with NOV Flexibles before and are delighted they have chosen to work with us once again.

“This project requires a quick turn-around to ensure everything is completed by November.”

Established more than 40 years ago, the Ashington-headquartered FES International focuses on the design, manufacture and supply of products to the oil and gas and offshore renewables markets.

It concentrates on the provision of fluid transfer systems and five other core product lines.

The WID project involves the development of two oil fields located 160km east of Shetlands and 12km west of Tern field.

The development consists of at least five productions and four water injection wells, plus two exploration wells tied back to a new build floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

Drilling began there in 2013 and the subsea installation work in which FES international is to be involved will take place this summer.

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