Drilling/Production news briefs, Aug. 7

BP ... CiDRA ... Brunei Shell Petroleum ... Clough Ltd.

BP signed an agreement with CiDRA Corp., Houston, under which CiDRA will provide BP with consulting services to integrate fiber-optics into deepwater and other developments, undertake development of new fiber-optic products, enhance capabilities of existing technologies, and integrate multiple optical technologies for specific applications. CiDRA also will provide fiber-optic monitoring systems. Paul Martins, head of well performance for BP Worldwide, said, "We see fiber-optic sensor technology playing a strategic role in future field developments...We see this relationship as a starting point for the routine integration of fiber optics into well construction." Keith Morley, CiDRA senior vice-president and general manager, optical sensing systems, said, "We will jointly identify any technology gaps which may exist and...assure they are bridged." Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Brunei Shell Petroleum Co. Sdn. Bhd. has awarded a $25.6 million (Aus.) contract to Australia's Clough Ltd. to fast-track installation of 11 subsea water injection pipelines and associated infrastructure in Brunei Shell's Champion oil and natural gas field in the South China Sea. Work is scheduled to begin immediately, said Clough. The project is set for completion by the end of June 2001.

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