Amplus Energy Services, a floating production solutions firm headquartered in Aberdeen’s Grandholm area, has struck a deal with Technip in the UK to work together to develop untapped oil reserves in marginal fields in the North Sea.
With much of the remaining reserves inaccessible using existing infrastructure, the two firms have joined forces using their individual expertise to provide an integrated and fit for purpose solution for challenging field developments.
There is an estimated 24 billion boe still to be developed and produced in the UKCS and Sir Ian Wood’s report last year outlined a requirement for collaboration to maximize recovery of the country’s oil and gas resources.
The collaboration between Technip in the UK and Amplus is in line with the recommendations of the report and will help streamline costs, allowing companies to safely tap into more challenging reserves.
Technip in the UK will bring its project management, engineering and products to the relationship, developing cost efficient subsea infrastructure, while Amplus has developed a dynamically positioned (DP) versatile production unit (VPU).
The Amplus VPU utilizes proven floating, production, storage and offloading (FSPO) and DP vessel technology. The vessel has been designed to meet the rigorous safety and environmental conditions of the North Sea and is also suitable for projects in other areas of the world such as West Africa, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and South East Asia.
The VPU has evolved from proven DP FPSO technology, from a major oil and gas operator, and the dis-connectable turret system (DTS) is field proven in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Australia. It boasts 200,000 bbl oil storage capacity and a NOV designed topsides processing system.
“We have already invested more than US$5 million in the development of our VPU and it has been specifically designed for small/medium sized fields or as an early production system on larger fields,” said Ian Herd, Amplus managing director.
Amplus and Technip in the UK are already jointly evaluating two potential projects in the West of Shetland and the Central North Sea.
Launched in 2008, Amplus has a management team with over 100 years combined knowledge of the oil and gas industry.
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