Oil & Gas

Expro clinches $50m North Sea wells contract with Apache

Energy services group Expro (NYSE:XPRO) has secured a new $50 million contract with Apache Corporation for work on its Beryl and Forties assets.

The contract for well intervention and integrity services will run for an initial three years, with two one-year extension options.

As part of the award New York-listed Expro will provide pumping and optimisation operations across all of Apache’s North Sea assets, including Beryl Alpha and Bravo, and Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and Echo.

Multi-skilled teams based out of Aberdeen will carry out a variety of services for the operator, including slickline, e-line, cased hole and pressure pumping.

It will also see the deployment of several of the company’s newer technologies, including Octopoda, CoilHose, and distributed fibre optic sensing (DFOS) slickline.

Delivery of the project was due to start in early Q4 2022, the company added.

Expro said it would be investing “significant capital” in new equipment and technology to carry out the contract and as part of its commitment to “a long-term future” on the UK continental shelf.

Regional vice president for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, Colin Mackenzie, said: “We are delighted to receive this award, which demonstrates the continuation of our longstanding relationship with Apache and long-term investment in the UK sector of the North Sea. The full scope of services for this campaign will be supported from Expro’s regional headquarters in Aberdeen.

“Expro have worked with Apache for two decades. We are committed to providing safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible services. We look forward to adding further value to Apache with the introduction of our latest well intervention technologies.”

The award follows plans laid out by Apache earlier this year, in which it said it would boost its UK spending and headcount.

Alongside a rig extension deal awarded to Diamond Offshore in May, the US-headquartered operator said it had increased its UK headcount over the 2020-21 and expected to raise its capital expenditure by “approximately 70%” between 2021 and 2022.

Shortly after, the company appointed former public affairs manager Jillian Owen to head up its UK business in September.

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