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A prestigious £1.2 million contract with Houston-based FMC Technologies Inc. has recently been completed by Vertec Engineering (Vertec).

Vertec successfully completed the project to design, manufacture and deliver a 170 tonne variable speed drive (VSD) module for Brazilian oil producer Petrobas' Cascade and Chinook project, within the tight schedule of 40 weeks.

The Cascade and Chinook fields are located approximately 180 miles south of the Louisiana coast, in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), and the VSD module will be installed on BW Offshore's FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) vessel, the BW Pioneer – the first FPSO to be approved for use in the GoM.

Vertec Sales Manager, Gavin Duncan, said he was delighted the project had been such a success to date.


e said: “We are pleased to have successfully completed – on schedule and within budget – the major stages of this project, which was awarded to us after a very stringent tendering process, by FMC, who themselves have been contracted by Petrobas to ensure the fast track subsea development of the Cascade and Chinook fields.

“Our proven track record as a global supplier of VSDs – both single lift and modular – ensured we were able to deliver this project within the required 40-week window, with our experience in providing tried and tested module designs straight out of the can, enabling us to respond quickly and reduce the delivery time.

“As a company we pride ourselves on our flexibility and commitment to providing solutions to our global clients and the module, which was designed, manufactured and loaded out in Aberdeen is now well into the installation, integration and commissioning phase.

“We are currently working in cooperation with the topside integration team at Keppel Shipyard (Taus), in Singapore, where several key Vertec personnel have been overseeing this final aspect of the contract.