PSL Energy Services Wins Contract in the Gulf of Mexico

PSL Energy Services has been awarded a contractor to carry out seabed excavations at the site of Taylor Energy's MC20 platform, which was forced on to its side off Louisiana when mudslides swept down the Mississippi delta after Hurricane Ivan.

The area is buried in up to 40ft of mud and PSL engineers will use industry-leading technology to clear the conductor area where the platform stood. The company will use its remote Jet Prop tools to carry out dredging in a £240,000 contract.

The MMS reported that Hurricane Ivan destroyed seven platforms. Six platforms and five drilling rigs also suffered major damage and it led to shut-in oil production equivalent to 11.5% of the Gulf of Mexico's daily oil production.

PSL operations director Phil Bentley said: "We have built a considerable reputation for being able to successfully execute large-scale excavation projects and are recognized as world leaders in this particular field.

"The Taylor Energy platform is lying on its side under about 40ft of mud and will pose certain technical challenges, but our skilled engineers are the best in the business in dealing with this kind of situation."

Meanwhile, engineers from PSL have also been involved in excavation operations after pipelines supplying the majority of Jordan's gas supplies required major subsea intervention.

The Temsah natural gas platform, off Port Said in Egypt, was destroyed in a fire. The incident resulted in the total loss of field production, and service pipelines from the adjacent Akhen platform had to be shut down.

The Temsah deepwater field is believed to supply up to 70% of Jordan's gas. An emergency operation to resume production by installing new pipeline sections to bypass the Temsah platform swung into action.

PSL's excavation team was commissioned by Subsea 7 to uncover production and condensate gas export pipelines for Egyptian subsea contractor Petroleum Marine Services.

A hydraulically-driven subsea excavation tool was used to direct a low-pressure, high-volume flow of water vertically downwards at the seabed, dispersing soils around the pipelines and allowing divers access to tie-in new sections of pipeline.

PSL pipelines and excavations operations manager Tom Hasler said the company had been called in to lead the difficult project because of its experience in conducting similar work across the world.

The contract is worth £200,000 to PSL.