Seawell Limited Selects AVEVA PDMS for UK Operations

AVEVA announced that Seawell Limited has selected AVEVA PDMS for use at its new engineering offices which opened in Blyth, Northumberland, UK in September 2007. Seawell is 80% owned by Seadrill, the international offshore drilling contractor that provides drilling and well services.

Seawell's new offices in the North East of England will support the expanding UK and Norwegian workloads. The capability and performance of AVEVA Global, a unique workshare tool that allows for multi-location working, plus the availability of a trained, competent local workforce made AVEVA PDMS and the North East the best choices for Seawell.

"The Norwegian operations have successfully used AVEVA PDMS on various StatoilHydro offshore oil platform upgrade projects for over two years and our ability to support them with highly trained local personnel has enabled us now to establish our PDMS team in the UK," Steve Crackett, Seawell Limited said.

"The current buoyant market in the Norwegian oil and gas sector for extending the field life of older installations means that we have plans to expand our team throughout this year and into the future. With AVEVA technology we have proved that we can support the Norwegian operations despite geographical challenges.

"This enables our business to maximize the use of PDMS as the most productive tool for our engineering design work, not just in terms of design productivity but also in the ability we have to move the work and not the people, a key differentator for us to execute projects flexibly across our sites."

"When we developed AVEVA Global 10 years ago, we knew of the impact that this would have on the mega oil and gas projects that were starting to come on-line at that time,"Martin Yeomans, executive vice president, WEMEA said. "Today, after 10 years of proven global project execution, AVEVA Global offers ever increasing flexibility, presenting the AVEVA PDMS client base with ever more options for simple, managed, controlled multi-location project execution. The Seawell configuration shows that this capability is as applicable to brownfield engineering projects as it is new build."

Together with partners, Seadrill has 37 drilling units, of which 13 units are under construction. Seawell's core business is platform drilling, engineering and well intervention services.