MSC Awarded Several Contracts for Riser Work


MCS has been awarded contracts totaling more than $600,000 on bids worth $1million for drilling riser work in Houston from operators and drilling companies including Chevron, BHP Billion, BP, Transocean, GlobalSantaFe and Diamond Offshore.

The internationally renowned riser experts have appointed experienced designer Andy Westlake as vice president of engineering in the US to further grow this area of the business.

MCS global reputation as a leader in the design of riser systems to floating production platforms and related subsea facilities such as flowlines, umbilicals and subsea structures has fuelled rapid expansion.

Already working with many of the world's drilling companies, MCS offers high performance services covering analysis to operational support, with desktop and onboard software available to assist operational planning.

Mr. Westlake, who has more than 14 years industry experience, joined from Transocean where he held responsibility for drilling operations support for the firm's deep and shallow water fleet.

Now manager of a team of over 20 engineers involved in all aspects of riser design and analysis, the mining engineering and masters in geotechnical engineering graduate is enjoying a period of high activity at his Houston base.

Westlake's team is complemented by a team in Aberdeen, headed by Keith Anderson which is currently working on a riser study for Stena Drilling's newbuild ultra-deepwater Drillmax.

"The combination of drilling riser analysis, operational support software and our experience of rig operations allows us to provide services for better operability and improved reliability for operators and contractors alike," said Mr. Westlake.

"MCS has a track record in drilling services and combines advanced software technology with practical engineering consultancy to assist in increasing valuable drilling uptime in harsh and deepwater environments."

Mr. Westlake has previously worked offshore and onshore as a service hand for Baker Hughes Inteq, as well as applying rig knowledge and engineering background to jack-up site assessments and mooring design and analysis for Noble Denton.

"At MCS, we have structural design know-how and the ability to assure drilling riser feasibility and integrity through our highly educated, trained and motivated workforce, and an industry leading suite of advanced engineering analysis software."

Centered on the oil and gas subsea sector, MCS it provides engineering and riser services ranging from conceptual and front end to detailed design and verification in floating production steel catenary risers, flexible riser and flowline systems, top tensioned risers, tanker loading systems, drilling risers and mooring systems.

The firm has offices in six locations around the world and aims to double in size, with a drive to recruit an additional 100 staff to meet increasing customer demand currently underway.

It has enjoyed significant growth in the global marketplace, including the Gulf of Mexico, with its Houston office almost doubling in size due to demand. MCS' network of offices are in Aberdeen; Galway, Houston, Paris, Perth and Rio de Janeiro.