VWS Westgarth Loads Out SRP Module for Pazflor FPSO

VWS Westgarth recently celebrated the load out from the Dyna-Mac fabrication yard in Singapore of the membrane pre-filtration module, the first process package delivered as part of our Sulphate Removal (SRP) Water Treatment System for the Total E&P Angola Block 17 Angola FPSO Pazflor.

This technology leading system is VWS Westgarth's second combination of membrane pre-filtration and the membrane sulphate removal processes and consequently the second such system in the World (the first being the VWS Westgarth system on the Nexen Buzzard Platform that has been operating successfully in the North Sea since its commissioning in late 2006).

VWS Westgarth's Membrane filtration system gives this ideal platform for SRP pre-treatment by providing a complete barrier against particles larger than approximately 0.1 microns, thereby removing almost all species that lead to SRP fouling and plant downtime due to membrane cleaning.

The specialist Sulphate Removal Process utilizes a membrane based system that removes sulphates and other divalent ions from the injection sea water to prevent the formation of barium sulphate and strontium sulphate scale in the sub-sea injection piping system and in the reservoir itself.

Dave Sheldrake, Managing Director of VWS Westgarth said, "I am delighted with this achievement that represents another market leading success for Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies in the Oil and Gas industry and for VWS Westgarth's water treatment technology, and is a credit to the many people involved --our clients Total E&P Angola and its partners, the concessionaire Sonangol, DSME, our suppliers, our subcontractors and our own project management team."

The completion of this process package was achieved with over 300,000 construction man-hours (for all packages) without any Lost Time Incidents, further demonstrating VWS Westgarth's commitment to maintaining the Company’s HSE Objective of nil accidents or incidents across all Projects.

This represents another step forward in VWS Westgarth's increasing involvement in the support and development of the Angolan oil industry and compliments the first Angolan offshore support engineers recruited through our established Angolan business unit. These engineers are currently in training at our head office in Scotland.