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Produced water and separations specialists Opus have recruited Andy Manning as operations manager to help the company’s expansion drive.

Manning, 45, a technical and commercial manager for over 25 years, arrives from Cameron Process Systems who he joined in 2006.

He will now help Opus’ planned development of their consultancy, technology and environmental business platforms.

The firm, with headquarters in Guildford, Surrey, and  extensive laboratories and test  facilities at Flotta in Orkney, specialise in process separation and the design/supply of equipment for produced water treatment within the oil and gas industry.

Recent contracts have been won in Australia, Qatar and Norway as well as in the North Sea and it is proposed to market the Opus expertise and technology further afield as part of moves to more than double turnover after significant investment. 

Manning joined the Permutit Co Ltd, part of the Thames Water Group, in 1983 as a technical trainee and rose to become a senior design sales engineer.

Between 1994 and 2006 he worked for Elga Process Water, latterly as service operations manager, before moving to become business manager with Cameron in 2006.

He said: “Opus is an ambitious, technically strong, environmentally aware and well respected organisation that works with technologies and within markets that I am both familiar with and interested in.  

“My role will initially be focused at the ‘front end’ of the business, helping to further relationships with both new and existing customers.”

Manning says as oil fields mature and environmental legislation becomes tighter there will be greater need for Opus’ bespoke hardware such as process separator internals, Compact Flotation Units (CFUs) and Mare’s Tail Coalescers.

Earlier this year Opus, whose motto is ‘results delivered’, commissioned their CFU, separating heavy oil, on the Maersk Peregrino FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading vessel) serving the two platforms on the Peregrino field, off Brazil, where it achieved results significantly above industry norms and massively under-cut progressive international regulations on water being discharged back to the sea.

The high-performance technology is further improved when coupled with another Opus innovation, the ‘Mare’sTail’ which uses fibres to catch and combine oil droplets.

Manning added: “As oil fields mature the volume of produced water generally increases, which in turn leads to demands on the existing produced water treatment system. This, coupled with tighter environmental legislation, creates opportunities for the technologies that we have available to deliver results for both our customers and the environment.”