Expro Expands Subsea Services, Sets Up Shop in Ghana


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Expro has announced plans for a new multi-million dollar facility in Takoradi, Ghana. The significant investment highlights Expro's commitment to the future development in this emerging area and further enhances its position as leader in well flow management.

Expro is currently operating in Takoradi with 28 employees working on the Tullow Oil Jubilee contract, supplying deepwater electro-hydraulic subsea services in addition to a range of other services. Expro has been involved with Tullow in Ghana from the exploration & appraisal phase of Jubilee through to the fast-track delivery of a high-end electro-hydraulic subsea completion system.

The decision to construct a new site means all project activity, including well testing, clean-up, sampling and PVT (pressure, volume, temperature) services, can be co-ordinated and monitored from a custom-built, fully integrated facility. The bespoke 8,000m2 facility, which will house extensive workshop and office space, is being developed around 'modular concepts' which provide efficient work areas and can expand with greater ease, as future operations in the region dictate.

The site was designed in partnership with Axis Ventures Ltd, Ghana, with minimising the potential impact on the environment being a key design factor.

West Africa has been a major focus for Expro in recent years with a number of significant contracts secured. Almost 600 people are currently working across Expro's Southern & West Africa (SWA) region and the company is continuing to invest in people, technology and infrastructure to position itself for subsea and deepwater growth opportunities.

Expro's SWA region director Kenny Inkster said, "The Jubilee contract is an important part of our future plans in the region, and Expro's capabilities in all aspects of well flow management mean we are well positioned as Ghana develops through 2010 and beyond. Having a permanent operational base in Ghana will ensure we can offer the most efficient and effective service, as well as continuing to develop our presence in the challenging subsea deepwater environments. Our plans for the Takoradi site are making excellent progress and we are confident that the new facility -- combined with the expertise of our people and our latest subsea technologies -- will allow us to continue to deliver to the highest standards every time at this exciting period for the region."

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