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OEG VSD Skid Package Netherlands Case Study

The NAM joint venture, owned by Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, restarted drilling the Schoonebeek onshore oil field in 2010. The Schoonebeek oil field lies in the eastern Netherlands, close to the border with Germany. The field is extensive, measuring about 16 km from east to west and 4 to 5 km from north to south. It extends across the border into Germany where it is known as the Ruhlertwist and Emlichheim fields. The amount of oil initially in place was estimated to be in excess of 1 billion barrels, making it one of Europe’s largest oil fields.


To enhance oil recovery from the Schoonebeek field through artificial lift methods of pumping production fluids to the surface. A specialist division of Schlumberger was contracted by NAM to deliver this using Enhanced Submersible Pump (ESP) systems.

Work Scope

The scope of work provided OEG Offshore the opportunity to showcase its expertise in the design and manufacture of Variable Speed Drive modular solutions as well as the management and co-ordination of the build and outfitting over a very short project schedule. OEG was contracted to manufacture and deliver four (DNV 2.7-1) 20ft x 8ft x 9ft 6in integrated Variable Speed Drive (VSD) skid packages to accelerate the oil flow from onshore drilling operations in the Netherlands.


Based on Schlumberger’s technical requirements, OEG’s specialist design and engineering team completed the detailed design and integration engineering to allow the mechanical installation, electrical wiring and termination of step up, step-and-down transformers and Variable Speed Drives as well as the installation of high voltage (HV) electrics. OEG successfully delivered a high-quality integrated equipment package providing cost efficiencies to the customer and their end user. The modular solutions team based in Aberdeen completed the project within an 18-week delivery schedule.