Plexus to Launch Python Subsea Wellhead at Offshore Europe

Plexus will launch its new POS-GRIP Python Subsea Wellhead during Europe’s biggest Oil and Gas trade show, ‘SPE Offshore Europe’, on 8 September 2015. 

The Python Subsea Wellhead has been under development since 2011 within a Joint Industry Project (‘JIP’) supported by major oil and gas operators and service company consulting partners, including BG, Royal Dutch Shell, Wintershall, Maersk, TOTAL, Tullow Oil, Eni, Senergy, and Oil States Industries Inc, Plexus said.

In terms of Python’s development, Plexus has recently achieved several additional technical milestones in the qualification and testing of the new system, and will have a full prototype system on display at SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen in September 2015.

Plexus anticipates the Python Subsea Wellhead will be ready for offshore deployment in a trial well during 2016.

Plexus’ CEO Ben Van Bilderbeek said, “I am delighted that the Python Subsea Wellhead system will be launched at the September SPE Offshore Europe Aberdeen oil show. Personally for me this is a forty four year dream come true. In June 1971 I started my career with Vetco in Ventura California as a service engineer installing some of the earliest subsea wellhead systems on projects around the world.  Now it gives me great pleasure to be part of the team that has designed and delivered a new class of subsea wellhead which we believe will raise subsea wellhead standards to a best in class level not considered possible in the past.

“The Plexus engineers who have worked tirelessly over the past four years are to be commended for their engineering ingenuity and perseverance, and the JIP member representatives who have taken part in the design process of the Python subsea wellhead system are also highly deserving of our gratitude for their invaluable contribution to the project.

“The Python Subsea Wellhead system is designed to deliver true and verifiable metal to metal sealing capability in ultra deep-water, and is also aimed at simplifying installation procedures to such an extent that numerous installation trips are eliminated to render the system effective cost negative. I am very proud of our achievement and I look forward to help promote this ground-breaking technology, as it moves from prototype to product.”

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