Royal Niger Emerging Technologies, a Nigerian oil and gas service company, has awarded JDR a fast track contract supporting the West African Abo project for the manufacture of a 1.55 km hybrid of steel tube and thermoplastic umbilical.
The umbilical, designed to include a combination of hydraulic control and chemical hoses, low voltage signal cables and a central bundle of steel tube chemical supply lines, is set to be delivered to the Abo field within the first quarter of 2015.
The umbilical will connect an existing Subsea Distribution Unit (SDU) to a new well through the use of two umbilical termination units (UTA). JDR will manufacture and load-out the umbilical on a 9.2m installation reel from their deep-water, quayside facility in Hartlepool, UK.
Under the project Nigerian nationals will be trained in the integration, testing, installation and commissioning of the umbilical. This training will take place at JDR’s facilities in Hartlepool and will see selected candidates gain knowledge in key activities related to the final stages of the project before load-out and beyond.
“We are very happy to be a part of this deep-water project,” says Pat Herbert, Executive Chairman and CEO of JDR. “This is a testament to our umbilical engineering and manufacture strength and we hope this project is one of many in West Africa.”
“We see this contract as the first step in a bold move to domicile umbilical technology and services in Nigeria through the effective collaboration with JDR to deliver the umbilical product and technology transfer to the Nigerian market,” Royal Niger said in a statement.
Abo is Nigeria’s first deep water oil field located in the south eastern part of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 125, about 34 miles (55 km) off the coast in water depths up to 780 meters [2461 feet].