Xodus Group has received a subsea engineering service contract from North Sea operator Apache for two new infill well developments in Nevis and Skene fields in the area's northern region.
Under the contract, Xodus Group will design and develop spools that do not require metrology, saving time and manpower.
In the last 18 months, Xodus delivered multiple successful projects for Apache that includes concept, front-end engineering design (FEED) and detailed design for the Beryl field’s 4km long Far North Triassic (FNT) subsea tie-back.
This also comprised a production and gas lift flexible with electro-hydraulic controls (EHC) umbilical tied back to the Beryl Bravo platform.
As well as conducting detailed design, Xodus also delivered the flexible production on behalf of Apache. This helped the operator to recover first oil 11 months ahead of before schedule after drilling the well, which in turn reduced the planned budget by 30%.
Xodus Scotland subsea and pipelines manager Andrew Wylie said: “We are looking forward to supporting the Nevis and Skene developments. The new approach to the design of spools is one example of how we are challenging the norm and doing things differently.
“We are involved with Apache in the very early stages of a project and they give us the freedom to think about the challenge so that we can focus on finding the best and most efficient solution.
“Apache and Xodus have similar cultures embedded within their teams, which allows us to add technical value and deliver cost savings.”
Apache entered the North Sea in 2003 and has interest in nearly 400,000 gross acres in the UK North Sea.
Apache subsea project manager Patrick Duggan said: “We are pleased to continue to build on our relationship with Xodus to progress our planned infill well programme, which will bring additional North Sea production to our portfolio.”
Headquartered in Aberdeen, Xodus Group provides engineering and advisory support for oil and gas upstream operators globally.
Image: Xodus Group wins contract from Apache. Photo: courtesy of Xodus Group.