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China-based COOEC Offshore has partnered with international oilfield services company Expro, to form an international riserless well intervention (RWI) capabilities and resources alliance

Expro 2COOEC Offshore and Expro will deliver the new system to the market in 2020. (Image source: Expro)

COOEC Offshore, as a COOEC division, is a large offshore engineering contractor serving the entire offshore lifecycle from field development through field decommissioning.

According to COOEC, with more than 22 specialised marine assets, subsea intervention equipment and in house engineering, the RWI deepwater venture will further reinforce the industry’s depth of service offering.

Expro has already maintained a leading position in subsea landing string and well intervention markets and recently entered the riser-based intervention market with the Intervention Riser System (IRS).

As part of this alliance, the RWI system will provide wire through-water integrated solution for carrying out cost-effective intervention and abandonment operations on all types of a subsea well.

Under the alliance, COOEC Offshore and Expro will deliver this new system to market, tested and ready for service, in 2020.

The system will be deployed off the new state of the art HYSY287 DP3 construction vessel with a dedicated handling and deployment system to facilitate slick and efficient well construction, well intervention and well plug and abandonment (P&A) activities.

Furthermore, with Expro’s recent acquisition of quality intervention (specialising in coiled tubing and annular integrity technologies), the propriety coil hose technology for open water will be a key exclusive capability onboard the vessel.

The alliance ensures minimal interfaces, integrated management teams and the majority of the services being delivered in-house.

Brett Silich, COOEC Offshore commercial director, said the agreement was an exciting development for both companies, which already enjoyed formidable reputations as providers of high-quality offshore solutions.

Kevin Illingworth, Expro Light Well Intervention Services (LWIS) global sales manager, said the strategic alliance would benefit customers around the world.