Weir Pumps has been selected to supply pumps to a major Canadian offshore gas project. Under the contract valued around US$ 8 million, Weir will supply firewater pumps, seawater lift pumps, condensate export pumps and general service pumps for Exxon’s Sable Tier-2 Gas Project.
The partners in the project are the operator ExxonMobile, along with Shell, Imperial Oil, Pengrowth Corporation and Mosbacher Operating Ltd (0.5%).
The project contractor is a Joint Venture between Saipem and Daewoo known as ‘Saiwoo’. Saipem will be responsible for the project management and installation of the platform jacket and Daewoo is responsible for the topsides construction.
This is Weir Pump’s first major order from Korean contractor Daewoo’s Houston office and is a milestone for the US sales team. The order was won in the face of strong competition by the combined efforts of the marketing team in Glasgow, who provided the technical and commercial back up, and the Houston sales team who carried out the negotiation.
A major factor in Daewoo’s decision to buy Weir equipment is the ability to meet Exxon’s exacting requirements for a project that will operate in one of the world’s harshest environments. The new gas compression platform with its 2,800 tonne eight-legged steel jacket and 7,000 tonne topside is located on the Scotian Shelf, approximately 200 km off the coast of Nova Scotia in the North Atlantic and will be bridge linked to the existing process platform and wellhead complex.
The firewater pumps and seawater lift pumps will be manufactured in Zeron 100 super duplex stainless steel to combat corrosion and erosion from raw seawater, with castings and column pipe from sister company, Manchester based, Weir Materials.
Another key factor in winning this order was Weir's ability to meet the Canadian Government’s requirement to maximise Canadian content, which Weir has achieved through sourcing bought in equipment from Canadian suppliers together with providing after sales service via the Canadian arm of their Services Division, Weir Peacock.
The Sable order comes on the back of another Exxon contract recently completed for the Ehra Project, offshore Nigeria, and for which Weir Pumps has received a further order for additional seawater injection and booster pumps valued at around £1 million.