Wood Group wins White Rose work

June 29, 2017

Husky Energy has moved forward with its White Rose project offshore eastern Canada by awarding a multi-million dollar engineering contract to the UK's Wood Group.

Wood Group will complete detailed engineering for the White Rose topsides, which are due to be part of a concrete gravity-based wellhead platform, which will in turn be tied back to the SeaRose floating production vessel. The project includes procurement services and engineering design work.

White Rose has faced delays, but earlier this year, Husky said it was moving forward with the project, with first oil slated for 2022.

Wood Group says it has identified several project innovations to significantly reduce engineering person-hours and realize other savings at White Rose. 

Discovered in 1984, the main White Rose field is some 350km east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on the eastern edge of the Jeanne d’Arc Basin in about 120m water depth.

Once first oil is producing, set for 2022, the West White Rose is expected to achieve a gross peak production rate of approximately 75,000 b/d in 2025, as development wells are drilled and brought online, said Husky, earlier this year.

It has been reported that Kiewit Offshore Services has been awarded the topsides fabrication contract, while Allseas has been lined up for the installation, using the Pioneering Spirit mega heavy lift vessel. 

Wood Group CEO Robin Watson said: "We are combining our global expertise and capabilities from St. John's, Canada; Houston; Sandefjord, Norway; and Bogotá, Colombia to complete White Rose in the next 12 months with a clear focus on adding value and delivering cost savings and efficient project delivery."

Image: Map of White Rose prospect. Image from Husky. 

Wood Group update

Meanwhile, Wood Group warned that first half business performance was fown on 2016 and weaker than expected, with continued challenges in the core oil and gas market, including a further reduction in projects & modifications work, particularly in the North Sea.

Wood Group has won a string of projects, including a detailed engineering and procurement scope for Samsung Heavy Industries on BP's Mad Dog 2 project and the topsides and jacket detailed engineering scope on Noble Leviathan. It also secured a multi million dollar engineering, procurement and construction award in Alaska and the Husky White Rose project. Other projects continue, including Statoil's Peregrino 2, BP South Pass and a SAGD well pad engineering program for Suncor (onshore). 

The firm has also doing operations and maintenance work on the Hibernia Platform in Newfoundland and was involved in the Hebron hook up and commissioning.

In the North Sea, Wood Group says there has been "a significant reduction in brownfield modifications and upgrade work" and lower activity in operations and maintenance. It has won a modifications contract for the Shell Brent decommissioning scope. 

In Asia Pacific, activity levels on an Exxon contract in Papua New Guinea are increasing, says Wood Group. The firm also started work on a five-year managed services scope for Hess Malaysia for facilities in the North Malay basin.


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