DES Operations Set to Take Off with First Sale of MARS

DES Operations has sold a revolutionary new piece of subsea technology to optimize oil and gas production in a £1.6 million deal with BP.

The first Multiple Application Reinjection System - MARS - will be heading off to the Gulf of Mexico for BP America Production Company.

The sale of this system and projected sales based on excellent feedback from other operators will result in DES doubling its operation in the next eighteen months. The company which currently employs 19 people in Aberdeen and Houston was formed in 1999 to develop subsea processing systems with support from 3i and the DTI.

The MARS system integration test was completed earlier this year. MARS enables optimisation of oil and gas production whilst minimising the risks associated with well intervention and the first system to be sold will now be installed on the King Field in the Gulf of Mexico.

DES managing director, Ian Donald, says: "MARS provides significant cost-savings, flexibility and choice to the challenges facing operators in brownfield and greenfield development. We are delighted it has been chosen for the King subsea pump project which will be the deepest and longest off-set pumping project to date and the first in the Gulf of Mexico.

The patented MARS system optimizes production throughout the life of an oilfield, enabling processing equipment modules (pumping, metering, separation and well stimulation) to be installed on any Xmas Tree at any time. The MARS system will allow BP to retrofit multiphase pumps to its deepwater King Field assets in water depths of 1,600 meters. The pumps can be fitted without breaking into existing subsea flowlines or re-entering the well and therefore significantly lowers the environmental, reservoir and cost risks normally associated with deploying subsea processing equipment.

Donald adds: "This sale is the result of significant commitment by DES, with assistance from industry partners, to complete the development and testing of the MARS production optimisation system. Since the completion of the development and test program earlier this year, the response from operators has been hugely positive. Flexible subsea processing has long been the holy grail of the oil and gas industry; with MARS the operators now have a simple, low risk, low cost method of achieving this."