Kvaerner Oilfield Products Awards Tronic Contract for Dalia

Tronic Limited has been awarded a significant contract from subsea engineering specialists, Kvaerner Oilfield Products (KOP) for the provision of connectors and related equipment for Total¹s Dalia project, an oil and gas development offshore Angola. With a value in excess of £2 million, this contract represents Tronic's single biggest order to date, and covers provision of Tronic's modular connectors and hose, plus electrical feedthrough connectors and jumpers for use on control and tree systems within KOP's subsea system.

Tronic, a subsidiary of oilfield services provider Expro International Group PLC, specializes in providing electrical, optical and high power connector systems based on its patented Controlled Environment (CE) design. It has offices in Houston, USA; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Ulverston, UK; and employs 150 staff. The work will be carried out by the team based in Ulverston. Now underway, the contract will run for 3 years, with first oil expected from Dalia in 2006.

Manufacturing of the subsea equipment is progressing at Tronic's facility in Ulverston. The installation work will be performed by Tronic¹s Systems Support team who will work alongside Total and KOP engineers at various site locations in Europe and Angola. Deliveries of the subsea equipment for the 42-tree base case, will be based on individual call-offs, commencing in October 2003. Final subsea installation and commissioning will be performed by the Umbilical Flow Lines installation contractor using ROVs from the Dalia field FPSO, which is currently under construction.

Mark Jones, business manager at Tronic in Ulverston, said, "We are delighted with this contract award, which underlines Tronic¹s ability to support major engineering contractors like KOP on large projects such as these. Our infrastructure and modularized products are well aligned to support AkerKvaerner's global business strategy".

The contract is key for Tronic not only in terms of its value, but also in cementing the excellent relationship the company has established with subsea systems provider KOP. Dalia is the first major project for which Tronic will provide KOP with its DigiTRON connector range and its new AquaTRON hose which are well suited to deepwater applications such as those offshore Angola.

The 67-well Dalia field is located in water depths of between 1,200 and 1,500 meters, 135 kilometers offshore Angola and as such provides special challenges to suppliers and engineers. Tronic¹s products will provide the high reliability and proven track record required for the conditions encountered in this deepwater environment.

"We selected Tronic because they have a good track record in providing high quality subsea equipment to integrate with KOP¹s own systems," says Willie Linklater, vice president of products with KOP. "With the challenge of Angola¹s deepwater environment, reliability is critical, and we know that Tronic¹s equipment will give our client the reliability they require. Tronic¹s equipment will ensure long component life with minimal interventions over the life of the field."