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    Island Frontier completes well intervention programme on UKCS

    News // May 13, 2005
    An Alliance for the provision of a complete Riser-less Light Well Intervention (RLWI) service consisting of Island Offshore Management, FMC Technologies and Maritime Well Service, has successfully completed a riser-less well intervention campaign on theStrathspey Field for ChevronTexaco.

    Following satisfactory testing in Onarheimsfjorden, the unit Island Frontier, went directly to UKCS for a well intervention job consisting of replacing a Down Hole Safety Valve. The Lubricator package was successfully launched and retrieved and the valvewas replaced and tested. Although the work was the first well intervention activity done by Island Frontier, the scope of work was completed according to schedule, which was approximately five days from entering the 500 m zone until leaving the same.

    The Alliance has been awarded another Light Well Intervention campaign on the Arkwright Field by Paladin Expro UK. This campaign is scheduled for August 2005. In the period from May until the middle of July, the Island Frontier will perform excavation services on 850 m water depth for PSL at the Ormen Lange pipeline.

    The new, dynamically positioned monohull unit was designed and built as a well intervention unit, with the latest rules and regulations fully incorporated in the construction. The unit possesses a North West European UK Safety Case, which allows it to work over live wells on the UKCS.

    Island Frontier is equipped with accommodation for up to 74 persons, a 130-ton deck-mounted crane, a 70 tons AHC module handling tower, a work class ROV and an eyeball unit. It is capable of operating in up to 5m significant wave height. The 14 knot cruising speed permits speedy transit to any location.

    The field proven equipment and technology of FMC Technologies' Sub-sea Lubricator has been installed in a purpose-built frame to minimize manual handling and maximize speed of deployment. Presently the system is offered for operations in water depths to500 meters, but is capable of deployment to even greater water depths.

    Maritime Well Service AS provides the complete wire-line services onboard the Unit comprising the latest control system for wire line and well control. A typical RLWI work scope comprises well maintenance contributing to increased oil recovery (IOR), production logging, replacement of down hole equipment and re-perforations.

    Management of the alliance will be the responsibility of Island Offshore Management AS.

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