Shell orders subsea equipment for Whale project from Deep Down

Houston-based oilfield services company Deep Down has received an order from oil major Shell for work related to its Whale development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Artist’s impression of the Whale Floating Production Unit (FPU)

Deep Down said on Thursday that the order included the design, engineering, and manufacturing of a riser isolation valve (RIV) control system as well as other subsea production equipment.

The RIV control system will be installed on the floating production unit (FPU) to provide shutdown of production fluids.

The Whale FPU will operate in the Gulf of Mexico’s Alaminos Canyon Block 773, pending a positive final investment decision later this year.

Charles Njuguna, Deep Down’s president and CEO, said: “We are pleased that Shell has once again turned to Deep Down to deliver reliable equipment and services for one of their largest exploration finds in the Gulf of Mexico in recent memory.”

It is worth reminding that Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters won a contract from Shell to build and integrate the topside and hull of the Whale FPU in November 2019.

The Whale FPU comprises a topside module and a four-column semi-submersible floating hull, with a combined weight of 25,000 tonnes. The FPU is slated for completion in 2022.

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