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OPUS EXPERTISE BEING SOUGHT AROUND THE WORLD

29.10.2013

Specialist oil firm Opus made a record start to a landmark year by winning a series of international contracts worth around £3 million.

Opus, with headquarters in Guildford in Surrey and testing/development facilities in the Orkney island of Flotta, is marking its 20th anniversary of serving the oil and gas industry.

The contract wins, which enhance Opus’s reputation in the global market, include work for major oil and gas operators for projects in Australia, Malaysia, Azerbaijan and the North Sea.

The company, whose motto is ‘results delivered’, specialises in treatments for oil separation and produced water which is a by-product of petroleum production. Its renowned range of expertise covers trouble-shooting process studies to design, fabrication and installation of specialist equipment as well as environmental services.

Many of the contracts involved repeat or follow-up business with operators who have acted on Opus recommendations for effective and efficient problem solving.

Nigel Weir, Opus’ managing director, said: “The start of this financial year has been our best ever, with a diverse range of contracts from a variety of clients, showing growth in tough economic times.

“Our operational experience and knowledge means we can provide comprehensive, robust and versatile process solutions.

“The breadth of these contracts demonstrates that some of the industry’s major players around the world recognise our innovation and adaptability. We have also built up extremely positive relationships with these companies having carried out work for them before and shown that we can provide enhanced performance in a cost-effective way."

Opus provided tailor-made internal and external upgrades for Apache Energy’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Ningaloo Vision, off Western Australia, in contracts worth over £750,000. The work improves the efficiency of process vessels on the FPSO.

Work worth £815,000 for another client saw the replacement of first stage and test separators internals for an FPSO operating in the North Sea. And having recently completed a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study worth £73,000 for the same client for a different FPSO, Opus received an order to upgrade the separator vessels’ hardware, worth about £250,000.

A process study was carried out for a further capacity review for a company operating platforms in Malaysia. Opus was asked to come up with recommendations for further upgrades, or for installing new equipment in the separation and produced water systems.

An offshore fluids characterisation study was completed at the same facility in 2009, followed by a full process review of a produced water treatment system and upgrades to system separators, degasser and hydro-cyclone packages.

Opus also carried a test separator upgrade for a platform off Aberdeen, while two new offshore visits were made to inspect first stage separators upgraded previously on a platform in the Central North Sea.

A contract worth nearly £140,000 involves designing and fabricating new internals for a degasser on a BP-operated platform in Azerbaijan.

The work on the East Azeri platform in the Caspian Sea, follows a CFD study last year. It will last 14 weeks and it is hoped it will be the first of three or four identical degasser upgrades in the region.

In addition, Opus was also awarded a contract for a separator study on a platform in the South China Sea, while the company was asked to supply contingency spares for five separators on another platform in the North Sea.