Plexus wins POS-GRIP order from Total
Plexus Holdings PLC has secured a £3.3 million ($5.1 million) contract with Total to supply its POS-GRIP wellhead systems, associated equipment and mudline services for Total’s Ultra High Pressure/High Temperature (X-HP/HT) Solaris gas exploration well in the Graben area of the North Sea, offshore Norway.
According to Plexus, revenues for the contract are scheduled to begin in October 2015.
The company explains that its wellhead systems can operate through the BOP within X-HP/HT conditions estimated at up to 17,000 – 19,000 psi maximum well pressure, whilst supporting casing at the ocean floor on its proprietary mudline hanger system.
Solaris gas exploration well is located close to BG Norge’s Mandarin East well, which is also known for its extreme high pressure conditions and initial data suggests that Solaris may be the highest pressure well in the North Sea to date. Plexus says that under the terms of the contract, it will supply its 18-3/4″ XHP/HT POS-GRIP Jack-up drilling system.
Plexus’ CEO Ben Van Bilderbeek said, “This contract confirms that even during challenging times, operators focus on the best and safest solutions, when conditions demand it. Safety is in the detail and particularly wellheads cannot afford to be the weak link in the system and for this reason Plexus seeks to use unique metal seal technology which matches the integrity of casing couplings.”
“Our Plexus team is proud to have been selected on this well, which is designed to cope with some of the highest pressures ever drilled in the Norwegian part of the North Sea. We are also delighted to be working with Total as a new client on this drilling project.”