FMC to supply industry highest pressure rated subsea wellhead

Anadarko has awarded FMC a contract for the manufacture and supply of an HC-20 high capacity subsea wellhead system.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Anadarko has awarded FMC a contract for the manufacture and supply of an HC-20 high capacity subsea wellhead system.

In addition to operating at pressures as high as 20,000 psi, the equipment is engineered to perform at temperatures as high as 350º F (177º C). The HC-20 enables the development of high-pressure wells and its enhanced load bearing capacity allows operators to drill deeper wells with heavier casing strings, according to FMC.

The wellhead system also incorporates an independent load distribution mechanism to support up to 4 million lb (1.8 million kg) of combined casing string capacity plus full 20,000 psi blowout preventer test pressure.

The HC-20 system is scheduled to be delivered to Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in the fourth quarter and will be manufactured at FMC's facility in Houston.

03/12/2009

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