Cameron Snags MARS Order for Chevron's Lobito Tomboco Field

Cameron Corp.

Cameron has confirmed an order of 14 MARS™ (Multiple Application Re-injection Systems) for the long-term subsea production optimization strategy on Chevron's Lobito Tomboco Field in Angola. The order is initially valued at $16M and represents another significant commitment by a major Operator to the MARS production interface which has been described as "a USB port for wellheads."

MARS has been previously used by BP for subsea multiphase pumping in the Gulf of Mexico and is scheduled to be deployed by Total in Angola and Shell in the North Sea for subsea multiphase metering and well stimulation respectively.

The patented MARS system is a Cameron technology, supplied by DES Operations of Aberdeen, a wholly owned subsidiary of Houston-based Cameron. The technology enables multiple processing technologies to be retrofitted onto subsea Christmas trees and is being applied by Chevron to perform subsea chemical squeeze operations on existing wells in Angola. Chevron and DES have integrated the MARS system into an existing subsea infrastructure enabling chemical scale squeeze operations from an ROV support vessel, eliminating the need for MODU support.

Ian Donald, Cameron's Vice President at DES said, "We are delighted at the adoption of the MARS system by Chevron. The MARS interface is adaptable to any subsea tree enabling the integration of a variety of processing equipment to an operator’s asset."

A Chevron representative for the project added, "We have worked closely with DES to develop a cost effective well intervention system which allows us to significantly minimize the downtime and maximize the
production associated with subsea chemical stimulation operations."

In addition to the 14 MARS systems, DES will provide the chemical delivery system for Chevron's project.

The MARS technology is the recipient of several industry awards including:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Distinguished Innovation Award
  • World Oil - New Horizons Idea Award
  • Subsea UK - Best Subsea Newcomer Award
  • Scottish Offshore Achievements - Innovative Technology Award
  • Hart Publications Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation

MARS is part of Cameron’s CAMFORCE™ Subsea Processing System which includes multiphase boosting,
separation and other enabling technologies for the emerging subsea processing market.