Specially converted by Expro Swire for the Soroosh oilfield developers, Shell Exploration BV, the ESP-1 facility was designed to operate as a temporary jack-up rig to process oil from the Soroosh field until a permanent infrastructure was installed.
In August 2001, during the conversion of the facility in Dubai, UAE, Aggreko was contracted by Expro Swire to design and install a temporary power package to operate the electrical submersible pumps and water injection units once the platform was offshore. The package was installed on board a specially constructed 500 tonne power module connected to the facility. Stacked on two levels, the 12-unit containerised system consisted of eight 1MW diesel generators, high voltage switchgear, fire and gas detection equipment, and specialised ducting to allow for continuous operation in high ambient temperatures.
During its three and a half year operation offshore, the power package maintained almost zero downtime. Tom Heslop, Project Manager for Shell Iran Offshore Limited commended Aggreko on the exemplary quality of its service for the duration of the project "In the 184 weeks of operating in the Soroosh oilfield, over 50 million barrels of crude oil were produced from the ESP-1, a remarkable achievement that could not have been reached without the reliability and continuity of electricity from the Aggreko power package"
"At all times Aggreko complied with Shell's strict operating practices and we have maintained an almost zero downtime. Accomplishing this feat in such a remote location as offshore Iran is very impressive"
"While this project is one of Aggreko's longest contracts in the Persian Gulf, the delivery of on-time and uninterrupted power is typical of almost all our contracts" stressed Aggreko Area Director, Robin James. He added that Aggreko has ably demonstrated its capabilities in this area in some of the world's harshest environments – typically key locations for the production of oil and gas".
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