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GE's VetcoGray Announces Order

Posted on February 2, 2010

GE Oil & Gas’ Drilling and Production business has confirmed the first order for its new VetcoGray SVXT S-series subsea tree. GE is supplying Shell U.K. Ltd. with the new SVXT tree. The SVXT will be delivered to Shell in the fourth quarter of 2010 and installed in the first quarter of 2011.

The SVXT merges horizontal and vertical tree technology and is intended for harsh, shallow water fields, predominantly in the North Sea but also for global export. The streamlined SVXT design reduces tree weight by over 20%, decreases height and delivers essential functionality in a pre-engineered, pre-configured 'modular' approach. Low-cost installation of the new SVXT is achieved through a design that enables deployment using standard offshore jack-up drilling rigs without the need for major modifications. Additional SVXT design features include smaller tree and fisher-friendly wellhead protection structures, as well as an innovative barrier approach that removes the need for a separate tree cap.

Jan Duinhoven, SWEEP project manager for Shell NAM, said: “Reliable, more compact and cost-effective solutions are required in the mature Southern North Sea, to be able to profitably develop the remaining gas accumulations.”

GE Oil & Gas Drilling and Production offers a full range of integrated subsea solutions, including trees, controls, manifolds, connection systems, subsea power and processing. All of these systems are designed to provide competitive lead times, reliability and lowest installed cost.

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