SPIE strengthens PPS solutions for West Africa’s oil and gas assets

SPE oilSPIE Oil & Gas Services, an international subsidiary of SPIE, has deployed its process and pipelines services (PPS) solution, a complete range of topsides and pipelines control and cleaning services in Ghana and Nigeria

The PPS solution covers all phases of the asset life cycle, from engineering and construction, to hook-up, pre-commissioning, commissioning, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning.

The launch of the PPS offer follows the purchase of equipment and the integration of PPS specialists operating in Ghana and Nigeria for the pre-commissioning and maintenance of oil and gas installations.

“Acquiring industrial equipment to develop a Process & Pipeline Services line was a unique opportunity for SPIE Nigeria & Ghana to diversify and expand its services portfolio and broaden our technical expertise within the oil and gas industry,” said Olivier Fruit, director of sub-Saharan Africa business unit.

The PPS product line includes solutions for engineering and construction, assessment and skills development, commissioning and start-up, operation, maintenance and integrity tests of oil and gas assets. Through PPS, SPIE Oil & Gas Services provides maintenance operations on pipelines, oil and gas production plants, refineries, LNG, floating production, storage and offloading (FPSOs) performs preventive or corrective maintenance operations but also major maintenance operations, such as shutdowns.

Development prospects

One of the first implementations of the PPS offering is currently taking place on the Amenam-Kpono field, located about 30km off the eastern part of the Niger Delta.

Similar services are provided at the Erha Terminal, an FPSO located 97km off the coast of Nigeria. To guarantee the safety of the equipment, SPIE Oil & Gas Services performs torquing and sealing tests and the replacement of 300 metres of export pipeline.

“All leaks from bolted joints are avoidable. Preventing leaks in the first place is much more cost effective than repairing leaks and, of course, prevents pollution. Providing clean and leak-free facilities is a key goal for us,” added Mark Notoma, senior manager, business development and PPS and SD Service Line in Nigeria and Ghana.

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