The project saw a high pressure wellhead desanding package delivered to the UK
operator only 14 weeks after the order was placed.
It is believed that Montrose-based Merpro’s specialist ability to design,
manufacture, test and deliver the two-skid package saw them win out against
strong competition from throughout the UK.
The desanding package is designed for use prior to the choke manifold. It will
operate at temperatures as low as-50oC up to 120oC and can withstand pressures
up to 4000 psi.
Destined for the Brent area of the North Sea, the oilfield equipment will be
used on high pressure wells to remove highly-erosive sand from oil and gas
wellfluids. Merpro Ltd business development manager Neil McIntosh explained: "At
very high pressures, such as those prevalent at the sharp end of a platform,
sand is erosive and can cause considerable damage to equipment. Such damage can
prove very costly to rig operators.
"As a company, we carried out detailed process and mechanical engineering,
procurement, fabrication, non-destructive examination, heat treatment, pressure
testing and electrical and instrumentation assembly prior to delivery of the
package. Our site in Montrose allows us to carry out all these tasks under one
"We are delighted that Shell UK Exploration and Production chose Merpro to
undertake this contract."
Merpro which is a key member of Tayside Oil and gas industry partnership Dundee
and Angus Oil Venture Group (DAOVG), has worked with Shell before. Merpro
Limited employs 135 people in Montrose and 24 in Nailsea, near Bristol. With an
annual turnover of more than £15 Million, the Angus-based company counts firms
such as ABB Vetco Gray, Bluewater, Demag Delaval, FMC and Shell among its key