Roxtec has won a significant contract to supply equipment to a project at one of the world's largest oilfields.
Roxtec was contracted by oil giant Agip KCO, the agent company responsible for developing phase one of the Kashagan project – which is operated by the North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) – to provide cable transit seals to onshore processing facilities for the Kashagan oilfield off the coast of Kazakhstan.
The Caspian Sea oilfield, discovered in July 2000, is estimated to hold 38 billion barrels of oil, with 11 billion potentially recoverable.
Roxtec products were used to seal the instrument control cables into the satellite instrumentation control buildings, the oil processing facility, gas processing facility and sulphur processing buildings. The seals have been installed in the walls and floors of these buildings to protect against fire, water and gas leakages.
Managing director Graham O'Hare said the contract was a major success for Roxtec's UK operation.
"This is terrific contract and puts us at the heart of one of the largest oil projects in the world, working with some of the biggest companies in the sector," he said. "Roxtec has an established track record in the oil and gas sector and this was recognised by Agip KCO. The use of our cable transit design software by the electrical and instrumentation engineers was critical to the success of the project. This also ensured that we worked with the client from early design through to construction."
Agip KCO is currently undertaking the first phase of development, called the experimental programme, which will be followed by the full field development programme. Production is expected to start in 2012 with around 75,000 barrels per day (bpd), reaching a peak of 1.5m bpd.
Agip KCO is a subsidiary of Eni, which holds a 16.81% share in the Kashagan consortium, along with Shell, ExxonMobil, KazMunayGas, Total E&P Kazakhstan (all 16.81%), ConocoPhillips (8.4%) and Inpex (7.56%).
Mr O'Hare added: "More and more industries are turning to Roxtec to protect their people, buildings and equipment," he said. "We pride ourselves on a problem-solving mentality, working in a wide range of industries across the globe including construction, energy, telecoms and marine."