Ithaca Selects GE O&G for Stella Development

GE O&G subsea systems and services have been selected by Ithaca Energy (UK) Ltd. for the Stella oil and gas field development project in the Central North Sea, GE reported Tuesday at Offshore Europe 2011.

Under a contract of $17 million, GE will supply an integrated package of "S" Series shallow water vertical tree (SVXT) systems, controls and SG1 wellheads to be installed using a jack-up rig.

Phase 1 for the Stella project will be four trees for the planned development wells with a possible additional tree for a further well in the area.

The SVXT systems are based upon GE Oil & Gas latest design of the shallow water structured product subsea tree system, smaller and lighter than any traditional shallow water tree system on the market. The SVXT system has been developed for ease of installation, minimal ROV dependency, reduction on weather influenced installation operations due to smart tools, higher load carrying capacities and increased pressure envelopes.

"Our ability to meet the engineering challenges of this project regarding temperature, riser analysis clarifications, pressure ratings and gas lift requirements was a key to receiving this contract," said Matt Corbin, regional leader—United Kingdom and continental Europe for GE Oil & Gas. "The agreement also builds on the good working relationship we established with Ithaca in a previous project."

The scope of the GE contract includes S Series SVXTs, SG1 drill-through wellhead systems and a full services support package comprising rental tools and manpower.

The equipment will be engineered and manufactured at GE's facilities in the United Kingdom with the equipment scheduled for shipment in the fourth quarter of 2012.


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