Investment in Enpro technology supports business growth

Source: press release, 5 February 2019

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP; David Rennie, Scottish Enterprise’s head of Energy and Low Carbon Technologies; and Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director
Paul Wheelhouse, MSP; David Rennie, Scottish Enterprise’s head of Energy and Low Carbon Technologies; and Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director (photo: Enpro Subsea)

Aberdeen-based production optimisation specialist Enpro Subsea has announced that the GBP 1.5 million investment project in its Flow Intervention Services (FIS) technology, which included a GBP 755,000 research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise, has started onshore testing ahead of planned subsea field trials later this year.

The company had previously developed a lower pressure (10 kpsi) version of their tool and this investment has allowed them to develop the higher rated (15 kpsi) version, extending its operating capabilities to support high pressure wells, common in Gulf of Mexico.

To date their 10-k pressure version of FIS has provided well stimulation for multiple campaigns in West Africa. The system has been proven to improve production, by stimulating the reservoir and increasing the ultimate recovery from existing subsea wells.

Scottish Government minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP and David Rennie Scottish Enterprise’s head of Energy and Low Carbon Technologies, viewed Enpro’s FIS 15-kpsi technology first-hand at Subsea Expo (Tuesday, February 5th 2019) in Aberdeen.

Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director says, “Our vision is to develop a range of production technologies and services which increase production and oil recovery from our client’s assets. The investment combined with R&D funding from Scottish Enterprise in 2017 provided us with the ideal opportunity to increase our capabilities in the deepwater intervention arena, building on our success to date.”

“We are seeing more adoption for the Flow Access Modules (FAM) production and the FIS intervention systems, from the smaller independent operators as well as the larger E&P firms. We have outlined some of these results to Mr Wheelhouse, Scottish Enterprise and visiting delegates today. The development has taken a lot of hard work and perseverance to deliver this level of success for a new technology during a downturn period. It’s been down to the commitment and engineering skills of our team combined with the support and co-operation of our clients,” Donald continues.

David Rennie adds, “We initially supported this project back in 2017 and it’s great to hear that it’s now being tested onshore with a view to subsea testing this year. Projects like these are a fantastic example of how our support can make a difference to a company. Support for R&D is a key element of our subsea engineering action plan, with innovation support highlighted as a key priority. Subsea engineering is one of Scotland’s true global strengths and projects like this can only help reinforce that position.”

Together with its other key technology, FAM, the company provides operators flexibility development strategy throughout the life of field of its assets by enabling production enhancing technologies such as metering, flow assurance, data acquisition and hydraulic intervention to be used on standard subsea hardware.

The company uses this “smart standardisation” to link with existing subsea infrastructure, Xmas trees and manifolds, and return significant cost savings during well operations compared with alternatives.

Enpro Subsea is located on stand #1 along with its 15-kpsi FIS system during Subsea Expo, Europe’s largest subsea focused exhibition and conference.