Oilfield customers expressed greater satisfaction for surface-based blowout preventers (BOPs), wellheads and trees versus subsea applications, according to oilfield customers surveyed by EnergyPoint Research.
Data gathered indicates that customers see subsea blowout preventers, risers and flexjoints, and wellheads and trees as particularly lacking, followed by umbilicals, controls, manifolds and flowlines. Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) received the highest long-term ratings of any subsea product category that EnergyPoint tracks.
"The issue with subsea equipment is particularly noteworthy in light of the fact that, in the eyes of our survey respondents (i.e., drilling, completion and production engineers, managers, supervisors, etc. in the industry), deepwater/offshore service (as opposed to product) suppliers are some of the most highly regarded in the industry. This is especially the case when it comes to safety and environmental matters," EnergyPoint noted in its second quarter 2010 Customer Satisfaction update.
While the large gap between ratings for surface-based BOPs and those for subsea BOPs is particularly noteworthy, GE-Hydril rates first in subsea BOPS. Dril-Quip and "its no-nonsense style and focused product-line" made the biggest splash with survey respondents for wellheads and trees.
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