During Offshore Energy 2013 held in Amsterdam RAI on 15 and 16 October, Subsea World News reporters spoke to Stuart Ross, Europe CIS Regional Technical Manager for Well Test at Expro.
Ross highlighted Expro’s activities in pioneering well flow management:
“Expro provides our clients with the services, products and expertise to measure, improve, control and process flow from high-value oil and gas wells.
“From exploration and appraisal through to mature field production optimization and enhancements Expro operates six areas of capability including Subsea Safety Systems, Drilling & Completion and Well Integrity & Intervention.”
Active in global markets including Europe CIS, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, Latin America and the Middle East, Expro employs over 5000 people in 50 countries and is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013.
The company has achieved a number of key milestones over the course of its 40-year history. From its first fully integrated well services contract and first big bore subsea landing string in the 1980s and 1990s, to its major acquisitions including Petrotech, Kinley Corporation and Production Testers International in the 2000s.
Established in the subsea landing string business since 1981 and with an industry-leading track record, Expro offers solutions from in-riser to open water in shallow and deepwater applications.
Colin McKenzie, Director of Subsea at Expro, said:
“Subsea landing strings are critical in delivering safe, compliant and efficient operations in all subsea applications and Expro is a pioneer in landing string technology, continuing to invest in core developments.
“Today’s subsea operations in increasing water depths demand equipment with superior functionality, performance and reliability. With this in mind, Expro’s subsea tools have been developed using an integrated design and testing process which ensures that equipment meets this highest performance criteria.”
Expro’s Subsea product line continues to invest in its service support structure globally and in leading the way into deepwater and challenging subsea environments.
He adds: “Subsea is a long-term, high growth market with demand set to increase in developing and mature locations. Deepwater areas in Latin America, the Gulf of Mexico, South and West Africa, Asia Pacific and frontier areas within Europe, continue to be focal points for Expro.
“Demand is growing due to the ever increasing subsea well count and Expro are committed to investing in and developing the next generation of subsea landing strings and technology.”
Regarding its commitment to the ECIS region, Expro has recently invested heavily in technology, training and development.
The Carnegie & Young facilities in Aberdeen, officially opened by the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, house a team of around 200 people. Further to this, the renovation of Expro’s Bruce building will also see specialised subsea qualification facilities added.
Ross continues: “We have made significant investments in building on our expertise in the UK. We are investing £13 million in new build well testing equipment, bolstering our fleet of rigs, and opened our new well intervention facility earlier this year.
“For us, these are exciting times and we continually improve our own products and services to meet industry standards.”
Finally, Ross shared his impressions of this year’s Offshore Energy conference:
“This is my first time at the conference and it’s been a great success. I’ve explored the venue and attended a technical session giving an overview of the sector’s future oil and gas production and exploration. It’s good to hear what the experts and leaders in the industry forecast for the coming years so we can work alongside and plan our strategy moving forward.
“Offshore Energy is also growing and with Holland’s transportation hub being Amsterdam, it may move there in the future. Expro may also expand our presence in the future highlighting our technical products and services, and opportunities with the company.”
Source: Subsea World News, November 04, 2013