Conductor Installation Services Wins Major Contract from Weatherford Nigeria

Conductor Installation Services Ltd (CIS), an Acteon company, has been awarded the largest contract in its history by Weatherford Nigeria. The USD multi-million dollar contract requires CIS to provide a range of conductor installation services in Nigeria on behalf of two major operators in the region.

Services will be carried out in conjunction with construction of a jetty, onshore and offshore platforms, and offshore stand-alone conductors. In addition to installing conductors, CIS will provide conductor make-up and cold-cutting services, and a variety of installation tooling equipment, including connection drive chasers and a range of directional drive shoes.

To carry out the conductor-driving operations, CIS will use two 150 kJ and two 90 kJ hydraulic hammers that are based permanently in Nigeria to support operations in the region. While the powerful 150 kJ hammer is designed to drive the larger conductors that measure up to 42 inches, the 90 kJ hammer is typically used to install smaller 20-inch to 36-inch conductors. CIS anticipates that it will be drive approximately 48 slots throughout the programme, which is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Driving slots for construction of offshore barge

Already, CIS has commenced work on the first phase of the conductor installation programme, which involves driving slots for construction of an offshore barge. This project requires CIS to install 36-inch conductors utilising its 90 kJ hydraulic hammer spread. The contract is being supported by CIS from Port Harcourt, Nigeria and from its global headquarters in Great Yarmouth, England.

We are very excited to have been awarded this extraordinary contract by Weatherford Nigeria to provide services on a construction programme of this magnitude,” said Andy Penman, Group Managing Director of CIS. “Not only does it represent the largest contract award in the history of CIS, it is a testament to the faith that our customers place in our ability to deliver critical conductor installation services. We look forward to bringing our technical expertise and experience to bear upon contributing to the construction of this development in this oil and gas-rich region,” he added.

Although it is the first time that CIS will have delivered conductor installation services in Nigeria on behalf of one of the two customers, CIS has provided these services for this operator in other regions. Recently, CIS completed an extremely complex operation that involved driving 60 48-inch bridge support piles and an additional 160 18-inch jetty piles in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, in cooperation with sister company LDD Ltd. All piles were driven successfully to their target depths without a safety incident.

About Conductor Installation Services Ltd

Conductor Installation Services Ltd (CIS), an Acteon company, is the only company that is solely dedicated to the process of installing conductors. CIS takes responsibility for full project management for installing conductors anywhere in the world. The company’s primary objective is to install conductors with the highest standard of structural integrity, reliably and safely. CIS also strives to reduce the cost of conductor installation by developing more efficient work processes and using the latest state-of-the-art technology. Since it was founded in Great Yarmouth, England in 2005, CIS has built an impressive track record of successful operations carried out in every major oil and gas producing region. In recognition of the fact that it had not incurred a single loss time incident (LTI) for six consecutive years, CIS recently received the prestigious Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety 2011 for the second year in succession from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in the United Kingdom.