Deep Down, Inc. , an oilfield services company specializing in complex deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services, today announced it has been awarded two LSFL (Loose Steel tube Flying Lead) orders worth in excess of $3 million. One order was placed by a major controls OEM and the other directly by an independent oil and gas, exploration and production group.
A total of twenty-seven (27) flying leads and ancillary equipment will be delivered in the first half of 2012. The flying leads will be deployed in water depths up to 1,300 meters off the coasts of Northwest Australia and Ghana, West Africa. Given the scope of supply and the delivery method, Deep Down also anticipates additional work from the associated installation contractors during the installation phase.
Deep Down’s LSFL technology is widely recognized as the most robust, yet installation friendly flying lead on the market. The patent-pending Moray® Termination System contains a light-weight and compact termination head and very flexible steel tube bundle allowing for easy make up of the heads by the ROV on the ocean floor. This technology, coupled with Deep Down’s innovative deployment methods, reduces the time on bottom and hence connection cycle time. Deep Down also offers integrated buoyancy in their flying lead heads for better handling and work-over intervention scenarios, where it is more advantageous to deploy a smaller ROV from the platform, as opposed to mobilizing a vessel with a work class ROV.
Ron Smith, Chief Executive Officer stated, “Customers are recognizing that flying leads, although insignificant in cost compared to the rest of the distribution system, represent a bigger challenge to install than simple mud mats. Working in tight quarters and trying to manipulate stiff and heavy flying leads is a challenge; the loose steel tube bundle is the key to effortless make up. These orders mark a shift in customer perception and have recognized our success on previous projects. We are confident in this technology and have strong indications from many of our clients that this is the technology of choice going forward. We will continue to expand this product line.”
Source:Deep Down Inc., September 30, 2011