Xodus’ international vibration contract wins worth millions


ABERDEEN, United Kingdom -- Xodus Group has won a clutch of international vibration contracts bringing the total value for this year to about $7.5 million (£5 million).

Managed through its vibration specialists in the UK and the United Arab Emirates, the projects involve identifying and reducing vibration in global oil and gas assets, a significant challenge for oil and gas operators that can lead to loss of production through downtime.

One of the latest contracts is with Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) for vibration analysis on its North Satellite Platform and South Satellite Platform, offshore Abu Dhabi.

Zakum field is the second largest field in the Gulf and the fourth largest field in the world. ZADCO aims to increase the production rate from Upper Zakum from 550,000 bopd to 750,000 bopd, sustainable for 25 years.

Vibration reduction

“The need to manage long-term performance and issues has led ZADCO to seek out a more economical future development concept. Reducing vibration has been a major challenge for us as we have increased production on these ageing assets in recent months,” Mohamed Abdulrahman Al Marzouqi, ZADCO’s operation support V.P. for maintenance, said.

This is the second contract Xodus has won with the operator this year following an award for vibration assessment and analysis on the oil train piping and structures for ZADCO at Zirku Island. The work pulled in services from Xodus’ process, piping, instrumentation and structural teams and included a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) scope of work.

Other recent contracts include a three-year vibration study contract in Algeria for a major operator and vibration work on a new FPSO, currently sailing from Korea to the North Sea. The team is also carrying out vibration risk management and trouble shooting in the northern and southern North Sea and investigating two vibration issues on sulphur recovery units in Abu Dhabi. 

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