Harbour Energy has contracted energy services provider Expro for a well abandonment campaign on the UK Continental Shelf.  

The multi-year deal, part of the decommissioning project for the Balmoral area, has a value of more than $20m (£16m).

Expro will deploy its subsea well access technology, and open-water and in-riser systems to execute the well abandonment campaign.

The contract will be delivered from Expro’s Aberdeen facilities.

Wells that need to be abandoned frequently experience loading and fatigue problems at the wellhead and Xmas trees.

To address these loading difficulties during the subsea well access intervention phase of the overall abandonment campaign, Expro will provide a lightweight open-water system.

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Expro noted that its open-water and in-riser bore selector technology eliminates the use of a dual bore riser for the entire abandonment campaign.

Expro vice-president of Europe and sub-Saharan Africa Colin Mackenzie said: “We are proud to have secured this award by offering an innovative approach to meet the needs of this important customer.

“We believe that our leading-edge technology continues to deliver safe, reliable and environmentally secure subsea well access in support of major projects around the world.

“We are delighted to further extend the scope of our partnership on this campaign, which reinforces our position as a key enabler within the plug and abandonment market.”

Expro noted that it has developed a novel technological solution based on a new-build lightweight intervention system to meet the customer’s major technical criteria.

The intervention system incorporates the company’s special subsea ball valve technologies.

Recently, Expro’s existing API 17G standard high debris ball valve received certification to deliver a single ball cut and seal on coil tubing.