Gulf of Mexico Industry First for Houston Firm

Houston-based Electro-Flow Controls (EFC), a leading designer and manufacturer of instrumentation, monitoring and control systems for the oil and gas industry, has secured a significant seven figure contract for supplying end client, Well Ops, a subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions Group with its BOP (Blow-Out Preventor) MUX Control System. The system is the first of its kind to be deployed in the Gulf of Mexico.

EFC is contracted through Worldwide Oilfield Machine Inc (WOM), to jointly supply the complete Surface Blow-Out Preventer (SBOP) Drilling Package to Well Ops' vessel Q4000 currently being converted in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). The complete package comprises the SBOP, Subsea Shut-Off Device (SSOD) and MUX Control System.

The scope of work involves a 2-part installation with an innovative BOP at 70 feet and an SSOD on the sea bed, designed for a maximum depth of 10,000 feet.

John Wheeler, managing director, said: "This large contract win establishes EFC's position as a deepwater controls provider, complementing and extending our BOP technology. In the interest of faster deployment and ease of recovery, a key deliverable on this system, we have taken the opportunity to repackage the subsea components into particularly space efficient and lightweight units."

Well Ops, a subsidiary of Helix ESG, commented that "EFC and WOM are delivering an innovative and cost effective solution that provides Helix with a 'first of its kind' configuration that will be deployed in the GoM."

The design and manufacture is being undertaken by a Houston based WOM project team and two EFC groups, based in Aberdeen and Houston. The joint team project ensures the global exploitation of both companies knowledge base, material supply and design skills.