Crondall seeking support for next-phase production buoy study

Aug. 25, 2017
Crondall Energy is seeking operators to support further development of its floating normally unattended installation.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UKCrondall Energy is seeking operators to support further development of its floating normally unattended installation (NUI).

This is a production buoy which the company claims could assist economic recovery of oil and gas from small pools.

Crondall presented the technology earlier this week atThe Technology Forum in Aberdeen, hosted by the Oil and Gas Technology Centre and the Oil & Gas Authority. The aim of the forum was to examine how technology can unlock potential oil and gas developments on acreage to be offered in Britain’s 30th Offshore Licensing Round.

Duncan Peace, managing director of Crondall, said: “This concept could transform the production from small fields and help breathe new life in to regions, such as the North Sea, where production from these challenging pools is currently uneconomic. The floating NUI would provide a mobile and re-deployable installation in water depths beyond the reach of fixed installations.

“We are now looking to identify operators who can work in partnership with us to explore how the industry can widen the scope of what a normally unmanned facility can deliver. It will look at how we can push the envelope of both water depth and oil and gas capacities.”

The floating NUI is said to combine various innovative technologies for processing, remote control and monitoring of equipment with corrosion-resistant materials, the aim being to provide a compact, low maintenance facility suitable for unmanned operations.

Crondall’s new study is designed to heighten awareness of wider opportunities for improvements in safety, asset integrity, and cuts in capex and opex, if the technologies employed in the floating NUI were to be deployed in other facilities on the UK continental shelf.