Schlumberger Opens New Subsea Well Control Facility in UK

Schlumberger has officially opened a new facility for subsea well control to address the growing deepwater market. The facility, named the Well Control Centre of Excellence, is located at the Testing Services base outside of Aberdeen.

"The new Well Control Centre of Excellence is dedicated to providing a high level of support for completion landing string operations in the North Sea, Africa and the Mediterranean," said Devan Raj, operations manager, Schlumberger. "This will benefit maintenance processes and system integration testing efficiency to ensure better tool reliability offshore."

The state-of-the-art, 3,200-sq. ft. fully enclosed facility, which stands 75-ft tall, allows for full vertical makeup and testing of completion landing string and subsea test tree assemblies. The facility enables remote monitoring of pressure testing up to 30,000 psi with +/- 0.5% accuracy. Also included are two 40-ft. deep, cased test wells for safe and efficient pressure and function testing.

For more than 30 years Schlumberger has been providing subsea well control services that protect personnel and the environment during the completion, clean-up and testing of subsea wells. Schlumberger Testing Services has been at this location for 24 years at which it currently employs 190 people.