KCA Deutag Wins Clair Ridge Design Contract

RDS, the engineering division of international drilling contractor KCA DEUTAG, has been awarded the contract for the Clair Ridge drilling facilities design by BP (who operates on behalf of Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Hess and Shell). The design team was mobilized and commenced work in early June.

Initially RDS will provide a team of approximately 20 engineers based in London.

Subject to project sanction, it is anticipated that the RDS team would continue through detailed design, increasing in number to approximately 40 engineers.

The Clair Ridge facility will be designed to accommodate at least 28 wells, with a subsea template for a number of predrilled wells subsequently tied back to the platform, and the remainder being drilled directly from the platform. Safety will be paramount in the design process to ensure the resulting facilities minimize risk to personnel. Similarly, substantial emphasis is being made to design Clair Ridge to minimize the impact on the natural environment. This will start during the earliest stages of design right through to the installation and commissioning of the facilities.

Hamish Ritchie, General Manager of RDS, said: "We are delighted to be selected as BP's Drilling Facilities Design Contractor for the Clair Ridge Project. This award builds on the relationship developed with BP over the past ten years during the completion of five new rigs in the Caspian Region, followed by the recent award for engineering services for the Chirag Oil Project Platform Drilling Facilities."

The Clair field is located approximately 75kms west of The Shetland Isles in approximately 140 meters of water. It covers an area of 220 square kilometers.

Phase 1 of the Clair Field development included the installation of the export pipeline system and the Clair Phase '1' platform which was installed in 2004 and achieved first oil in early 2005.

The next phase of the development, Clair Ridge, is targeting the elongated up-thrown part of the field to the north of Clair Phase 1.

RDS is the Engineering Division of international drilling contractor KCA DEUTAG Drilling Group. RDS has been a leader in the design of drilling facilities for offshore units worldwide for over 30 years. The company's 500-strong workforce provides a range of engineering services from pre-project and Front End Engineering Design (FEED) through detail design, construction support, hook-up and commissioning. The company also executes projects as an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Drilling (EPCD) contractor to provide platform drilling rigs on a turnkey basis from concept to operations.

KCA DEUTAG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbot Group Ltd, is one of the largest international land drilling contractors outside the Americas, and one of the largest platform drilling contractors in the North Sea. The company also operates a fleet of mobile offshore drilling units (3 wholly owned jack-ups and 7 part-owned Self Erect Tender Barges). KCA DEUTAG employs over 8,000 people and operates in over 20 countries worldwide.