EFC Group builds BOP for new jack-up rig
EFC Group, a designer and manufacturer of instrumentation, monitoring, control and handling systems for the global oil and gas industry, has completed a £1.3 million ($2.2 million) contract to design and build a BOP and diverter control system for China based Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co (DSIC Offshore).
The system is installed onboard DSIC’s new build jack-up drilling rig, JU2000E-13. DSIC is supplying the rig to drilling contractor Apexindo, where it will be known as ‘Tasha’.
Bob Will, CEO at EFC Group, said: “This is a major contract for EFC, continuing our growth plan to become world class leader in control systems for both rig upgrades and new builds alike. It is also a significant project that’s been supported by our manufacturing base in Forres which gives us the additional capacity required to undertake projects of this scale.
“EFC aims for this to be the start of a strong relationship with DSIC. In the new build market as a whole, we know there is a high demand on shipyards and their current vendors to delivery on time and on budget and we have invested in our facilities and resources to support this.”
The BOP and diverter control system delivers a robust solution with central architecture on a fibre optic network. The company says that these systems are used to control the blowout preventer to seal, control and monitor the well and are critical for ensuring the safety of the crew, the rig, well integrity and the environment.
The EFC Group says that its designed system provides full functionality from two or more locations, typically local hydraulic control, drillers’ electric and toolpushers’ electric remote panels. A solenoid valve enclosure is included to provide an interface from the electric signals from the remote panel and provide pneumatic or piloted hydraulic signals to the BOP control actuators. A hydraulic power unit can be included as part of system supply, or it can be limited to hydraulic control skid only.
Representatives from Apexindo visited EFC Group’s base in Forres where the system was built during its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT).
Kenneth Gibbs and Jean Wojcik at Apexindo, said: “We are pleased that DSIC chose EFC Group to supply its BOP controls technology as part of the rig package. The high quality of the equipment used and the stringent safety levels that EFC Group works to were important factors for us.”
EFC Group designs and manufactures BOP control systems for both surface and subsea stacks.