RDS, the world’s leading specialist designer of drilling facilities, has been awarded the contract for the Chirag Oil Project (COP) “Execute” phase by the Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC), operated by BP.
Following project sanction, RDS will perform the COP “Execute” phase including detail design, follow-on engineering and construction & commissioning support. The project is scheduled to run until early 2013.
An integrated RDS project team of 53 engineers and designers based in Leatherhead, Surrey is currently up-manning and is expected to peak at 70.
Hamish Ritchie, RDS General Manager said, “I am delighted by the award of this new COP contract which reinforces RDS’ market position as a world-class drilling facilities design contractor. We look forward to building upon our established relationship with AIOC and BP, key RDS clients in the Caspian, North Sea and internationally.”
The COP development concept is an offshore fixed installation located in the Chirag – Deep Water Gunashli (DWG) area of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field, in a water depth of approximately 170m. The installation shall comprise a single production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform. It will be the 6th production platform on the ACG oil field.
RDS is a rig design engineering specialist working for oil and gas companies and major contractors. As the engineering division of KCA DEUTAG, their core business is to deliver a comprehensive engineering service at every stage in the design, construction and/or modification of drilling facilities. RDS services cover conceptual, front-end and detailed engineering; project management and procurement; construction and commissioning support. We undertake scopes of work for new-build drilling facilities, rig reactivation and modification, conceptual engineering and consultancy, and technical integrity assurance. Through our 500 engineering and project support professionals and five global offices, we are well position to deliver project work anywhere in the world.
KCA DEUTAG is one of the world’s largest international land drilling contractors and one of the largest platform drilling contractors in the North Sea. The company also operates a fleet of mobile offshore drilling units (3 wholly owned jack-ups and 7 part-owned Self Erect Tender Barges). KCA DEUTAG employs over 8,000 people and operates in over 20 countries worldwide.
Source: KCADeutag, July 27, 2010: