Engineering firm FES and subsea manufacturer GE Wellstream in £175,000 deal

FES, based in Ashington, Northumberland, will provide 12 diverless bend stiffener connectors (DBSCs) to GE Wellstream, with whom it has worked for more than a decade

www.crestphotography.co.uk Ian Latimer, technical director at FES international
Ian Latimer, technical director at FES international

Fast-growing oil and gas engineering firm FES International has won a £175,000 ($300,000) deal to supply parts to one of its long-term contractors.

FES, based in Ashington, Northumberland, will provide 12 diverless bend stiffener connectors (DBSCs) to GE Wellstream, with whom it has worked for more than a decade.

The product is one of the firm’s most successful lines enabling the quick, efficient and safe installation of bend stiffeners on offshore deep sea drilling operations.

The DBSC units are to be used by oil and gas development and production company Enquest on the Kraken oil field, located on the UK Continental Shelf. They will enable the installation of subsea bend stiffeners without diver or remotely-operated vehicle intervention, saving a substantial amount of time and cost.

Ian Latimer, technical director at FES international, said: “We’re proud of the confidence GE Wellstream has placed in us time and time again.

“We’ve provided them with technical and innovative fluid transfer solutions for projects all over the world. To be given yet another opportunity to supply our product is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team.”

Work is currently under way on the contract which is expected to complete by the end of January 2015, and is the latest contract win in a 10 year relationship.

All assembly and testing of the product will be performed by FES International’s UK-based team in North Seaton Industrial Estate, Ashington.

Kraken is one of the biggest subsea heavy-oil field projects under development in the UK sector of the North Sea. The field lies at a water depth of 120m in the East Shetland basin, which is located 125km away from Noss.

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