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16 February, 2006 - 08:08 By Staff Reporter

Multi-million pound gasfield deal for SLP

SLP Engineering, the Lowestoft-based offshore energy specialist, has won a multi-million pound contract for the entire supply and build of the Chiswick Field development wellhead platform.SLP Engineering, the Lowestoft-based offshore energy specialist, has won a multi-million pound contract for the entire supply and build of the Chiswick Field development wellhead platform.

Awarded by CH4 Energy Ltd, the contract covers the entire engineering procurement and construction and commissioning of the 1,000 tonnes structure destined for the Southern North Sea plot that lies close to Dutch waters.

Work on the platform is due to start immediately and is targeted for installation in August.

It is one of four major jobs underway at the Lowestoft facility and according to SLP will provide continuity of employment for the existing construction workforce by supplementing the current order book.

The platform will be based on the successful SLP SeaHarvester design, which has established itself as a preferred industry solution over the past nine years.

Subject to regulatory approval it will consist of a normally unattended four well, five slot minimal facility platform. This is to be installed in 40.7m of water in UKCS Block 49/4a of the Southern North Sea.

The topsides, weighing approximately 400 tonnes, will house process equipment, power generation, emergency over-night accommodation and a helideck. The substructure weighs 600 tonnes.

SLP chief executive, David Edwards, said: “We are delighted that CH4 Ltd, a new customer to SLP, have awarded us this contract and wish to thank them for giving us this opportunity to further develop our capability and designs for gas field developments.

“Once again, the Sea-Harvester has proven itself both technically and commercially. CH4 Ltd has recognised the benefits to be gained from a high degree of standardisation, which is characteristic of the SLP field development solution.

“We will be closely following the fortunes of CH4 and look forward to participating with them in future field development scenarios.”

CH4 Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary, CH4 Ltd, is operator and 100 per cent owner of the Chiswick field.

The firm launched in 2002 and is focused on gas production and the exploitation of marginal or dormant gas discoveries around owned infrastructure.

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