Vallourec to Supply Steel Tube for UK Umbilical

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 9/9/2014, Location: Europe

Vallourec, world leader in premium tubular solutions, has been awarded a contract by Technip Umbilicals, for the Edradour project operated by TOTAL in the UK. As part of this first industrial order, Vallourec will deliver super duplex welded tubes for umbilicals from its plant located in Venarey-Les Laumes (Burgundy, France).

A key component in subsea installations, umbilicals are made of small-diameter tubes, cables and/or optical fibers which connect the equipments on the seabed together and to a control station at the surface by transporting fluids, supplying power, and transmitting information. Thanks to an innovative manufacturing process, Vallourec produces tubes to be fitted into umbilicals. These tubes offer superior strength and mechanical properties compared to products currently available on the market.

This new product with unique characteristics reinforces Vallourec's position on the subsea construction market. After successfully completing a thorough qualification process with TOTAL as technical sponsor, Vallourec's umbilicals plant is completing its ramp-up and has already worked on several prototype orders.

Commenting on this contract, Dominique Richardot, Director of Vallourec's Pipe Project Division, in charge of the Line Pipe and SURF activities said: "This contract marks the start of the industrial production at our new plant, confirming the relevance of Vallourec's strategy to develop this new offer for the umbilicals market, and further reinforces our cooperation with Total and Technip. The Group has successfully capitalized on the knowhow it has acquired in the production of long welded tubes to broaden the scope of its premium and added value solutions for the oil and gas industry."

Manufacturing at the Vallourec Umbilicals plant is scheduled to start end of Q3 2014 with a delivery to Technip in Newcastle (UK) in the first half of 2015.

Edradour field

The Edradour gas and condensate field is located in block 206/4a, 75 kilometers North-West of the Shetlands in approximately 300 meters water-depth.

Total E & P UK Limited has the operating interest in the Edradour license, with DONG E & P UK Limited (DONG) as Joint Venture Partner. The partners expect the discovery to begin producing in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Technip was awarded a contract for the Edradour subsea development. Its scope of work covers the fabrication and installation of pipelines, as well as umbilicals, supplied by its subsidiary, Technip Umbilicals.


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