Triangle awards Cliff Head maintenance job to Upstream PS

Upstream PS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GR Engineering Services, has entered into a three-year contract with Triangle Energy for the provision of operations and maintenance services to the Arrowsmith Stabilisation Plant (ASP) and Cliff Head Alpha offshore platform in Australia.

Cliff Head platform; Source: Triangle Energy
Cliff Head platform; Source: Triangle Energy

Upstream PS said on Sunday that it had been providing operations, maintenance, projects, and advisory services to the ASP and Cliff Head facilities since they were commissioned in 2006 and that this contract secures its continued involvement in the project.

GR Engineering’s managing director Geoff Jones said: “Upstream PS continues to perform well in challenging market conditions and we are excited that we have been given the opportunity to continue to support Triangle Energy.”

The Cliff Head Alpha platform offshore Western Australia has recently returned to a steady production state at an average of 970 barrels of oil per day. It was temporarily shut down in February over an electrical fault but restarted production in March.

Triangle experienced a similar issue with the downhole electric submersible pump on another well in 2018. Namely, a technical issue with the pump caused well CH12H to stop producing back in May 2018. The production from the well was not restored until October that year.

Also, in July 2018, Triangle’s Cliff Head was hit by severe weather and sea conditions resulting in a loss of produced fluid and the interruption to production. The incident was classified as a low-level oil spill, in the range of zero to 10,000 litres.

But on a more positive note, Triangle made a statement last week claiming that it identified several workover, infill, and satellite drilling opportunities that could be drilled from the Cliff Head platform following a review of the subsurface opportunities in the first half of 2019.

The company will make an investment decision on these opportunities when business conditions regarding the recent oil price drop and coronavirus outbreak improve.

According to the oil company, success with these opportunities could extend the life of the Cliff Head platform and the Arrowsmith plant.