Electo-Flow Controls to deliver industry first

Well Ops, a subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions Group, has contracted Electro-Flow Controls (EFC) to deliver a BOP MUX control system, which is the first of its kind to be deployed in the Gulf of Mexico, according to EFC.

David Paganie
Managing Editor

HOUSTON -- Well Ops, a subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions Group, has contracted Electro-Flow Controls (EFC) to deliver a BOP MUX control system, which is the first of its kind to be deployed in the Gulf of Mexico, according to EFC. The company is contracted through Worldwide Oilfield Machine Inc. (WOM), to jointly supply the equipment.

EFC announced the contract award at DOT in Houston.

The surface BOP drilling package will be installed on theQ4000, which is being converted on the Gulf Coast. The contracted workscope involves a two-part installation with the BOP at 70 ft (21 m) and a subsea shut-off device on the seabed, designed for a maximum depth of 10,000 ft (3,048 m).

"This large contract win establishes EFC's position as a deepwater controls provider, complementing and extending our BOP technology," says John Wheeler, managing director of EFC. "In the interest of faster deployment and ease of recovery, a key deliverable on this system, we have taken the opportunity to repackage the subsea components into particularly space efficient and lightweight units."

The design and manufacture is being done by a Houston-based WOM project team and two EFC groups, based in Aberdeen and Houston.

EFC is exhibiting at DOT Houston – Stand 346.

02/12/2008

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