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JDR wins steel umbilical order for West African deepwater field

24th November 2014

Royal Niger Emerging Technologies, a leading Nigerian oil and gas service company, has awarded JDR a fast track contract supporting the West African Abo project for the manufacture of a 1.55 kilometre hybrid of steel tube and thermoplastic umbilical

JDR wins steel umbilical order for West African deepwater field
The umbilical will connect an existing Subsea Distribution Unit (SDU) to a new well through the use of two umbilical termination units (UTA)

The umbilical, designed to include a combination of hydraulic control and chemical hoses, low voltage signal cables and a central bundle of steel tube chemical supply lines, is set to be delivered to the Abo field within the first quarter of 2015.

The umbilical will connect an existing subsea distribution unit (SDU) to a new well through the use of two umbilical termination units (UTA).

JDR will manufacture and load-out the umbilical on a 9.2-metre installation reel from their deep-water, quayside facility in Hartlepool, UK.

The project is a first for Nigerian Content as it also provides for the training of Nigerian nationals in the integration, testing, installation and commissioning of the umbilical. This training will take place at JDR's facilities in Hartlepool and will see selected candidates gain valuable knowledge in key activities related to the final stages of the project before load-out and beyond.

“We are very happy to be a part of this deepwater project,” said Pat Herbert, executive chairman and CEO of JDR. “This is a testament to our umbilical engineering and manufacture strength and we hope this project is one of many in West Africa.”

Royal Niger released a statement expressing its pleasure at the commencement of the contract: "We see this contract as the first step in a bold move to domicile umbilical technology and services in Nigeria through the effective collaboration with JDR to deliver the umbilical product and technology transfer to the Nigerian market."

Abo is Nigeria’s first deepwater oil field located in the south eastern part of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 125, about 55 kilometres off the coast in water depths up to 780 metres.

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