Tronic Secures Major Subsea Connector Contracts

Expro International Subsidiary, Tronic Ltd, has secured multiple contract awards for the provision of subsea electrical connector systems to be deployed on the Santos operated Mutineer-Exeter field development.

Orders have been placed by various hardware vendors for the company¹s market leading DigiTRON and high power connector ranges, which will be used extensively throughout the development. The combined order value is in excess of £4.5 million, representing Tronic¹s largest single contract award to date.

The Exeter and Mutineer fields are located approximately 150 kilometers north of Dampier, offshore Western Australia, in water depths of 150 meters.

Initial production is expected in 2005 through seven subsea wells, with significant spare capacity for further in-field development and near field tie backs.

The fields are characterized by low GOR (Gas Oil Ratio) and reservoir performance uncertainty due to minor faulting. To enable optimum production and minimize well delivery risk, two subsea enhanced recovery systems will be employed, with dual subsea ESPs (Electrical Submersible Pumps) and seabed pumping units. This is the first time such systems have been deployed in tandem. Tronic will supply the connection systems for this technically advanced subsea architecture, ensuring system compatibility between the various vendors.

The fast-track project required vendors with a proven track record in their area of expertise. Tronic is the market leader in reliable subsea connector systems and has extensive project experience with various tree vendors and operators around the world, including recent projects in Asia Pacific. Wayne Jackson, Tronic's Business Development Manager stated: "Tronic views the Santos project as a milestone in establishing its business in this region. We have undertaken an expansion program to support and further develop the growing high power market and we have invested in new facilities in Ulverston, UK, to assist with delivery of the challenging work scope."

Dilip Ghosh, ESP and Subsea Systems coordinator for Santos stated, "The Mutineer-Exeter development is an important strategic project for Santos using innovative artificial lift techniques for efficient reservoir drainage. ESP and seabed pump reliability is of paramount importance. We are pleased to have Tronic as an important partner and supplier of connection systems, which are critical for project success."

The connectors are currently being manufactured at Tronic¹s Ulverston facility. Deliveries have already begun to various locations globally with installation due to commence in July 2004 off Western Australia.