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OPUS SECURES MAJOR STATOIL CONTRACT IN NORTH SEA

08.01.2013

Norwegian oil giant Statoil has chosen specialist firm Opus to test produced water treatment technology in their Mariner and Bressay fields.

Opus, which has its UK headquarters in Guildford, Surrey, and testing/development facilities in Flotta, Orkney, specialises in oil separation and treatments for produced water which is a by-product of petroleum production.

Mariner and Bressay fluids have heavy oil and, in each well, light oil is also to be injected at the electrical submersible pumps (ESP) which are used for artificial lift during production of the fields.

Hydrocyclone technology has been selected as the primary produced water treatment stage and Opus is required to provide independent assessment of a range of vendors’ technologies.

The work, worth £65,000, will be done at the Flotta facility which will simulate conditions in the Mariner/Bressay fields and also those in the Norwegian Asgard field and test the suitability of three different hydrocyclone technology procedures.

Statoil announced in June it is to invest a total of £18 billion over the lifetime of the fields in the UK North Sea. Mariner is estimated to hold recoverable resources of 300-500 million barrels of oil equivalent and Bressay 200-300 barrels.

OPUS SECURES MAJOR STATOIL CONTRACT IN NORTH SEA