Equinor ties up sand screen needs for Norway wells

June 27, 2019

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Equinor has awarded three-year contracts to Tendeka and Baker Hughes Norge for the provision of sand screen services.

Total value is around NOK1 billion ($118 million), with options for five two-year extensions.

The sand screen technology is based on a metal filter preventing sand from entering and damaging wells, and is designed to safeguard production and extending the wells’ lives.

Tendeka will supply sand face completion equipment to wells on the Troll field in the North Sea, which has the most widespread use of such screens in Equinor’s Norwegian portfolio. It will install up to 100,000 m (328,083 ft) of sand screens annually with its FloSure Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICDs).

The field-adjustable FloSure AICDs preferentially chokes unwanted produced fluid while helping to ensure production of oil throughout the well’s entire length.

This is said to result in greater recovery, lower water cuts, and less gas production.

The devices, deployed as part of the lower completion using zonal isolation packers to divide the reservoir into compartments, can also be integrated with sand control screens for soft formations.

Tendeka will provide similar services to two Cat J rigs that are drilling for Equinor on the Gullfaks and Oseberg fields in the North Sea.

Baker Hughes Norge will be responsible for Equinor’s other operated fields offshore Norway.

In addition, both contractors will supply valves to prevent undesirable fluids from entering the production stream.