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Drilling, tiebacks, templates & structures

Flexible solutions to improve field economics

Claxton’s drilling tiebacks and templates provide alternative methodologies for drilling and developing a field to improve economics, whilst subsea protective structures provide protection of the subsea assets and even fishing gear in some cases.

Claxton has been involved in the design, manufacture and installation of pre-drilling templates, docking piles, jacket installation, and well tiebacks for over three decades. We recognise that each of the various elements of a pre-drilling campaign should not be considered in isolation and that a coordinated understanding of the key interfaces is required to work towards a successful and cost-effective project outcome.

The key to a successful campaign requires addressing issues not routinely encountered in conventional drilling or jacket installation projects. We can mitigate these potential issues to avoid cost overruns from time-related inefficiencies, to ensure that the tieback of the pre-drilled wells is economical.

Some of the interrelated engineering and operational processes typically fall outside the normal experience of the key stakeholders, and by assisting the operator with these niche interfaces, Claxton adds value by saving rig/barge time and also by ensuring a successful project outcome.

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A major operator asked Claxton to provide technical advice and guidance for the design, specification, manufacture and supply of a structure to protect subsea distribution and umbilical termination assemblies for the Davy East field in the Southern North Sea. The design of the structure needed to consider the seabed bearing strata and be fishing friendly so fishing nets and gravel boards could pass over it without snagging.

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Claxton is uniquely positioned to innovatively solve clients’ offshore operating challenges and add value to projects to achieve overall increased efficiency.

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Our expert view

“Where a bespoke solution is required, Claxton can bring significant experience to templates and structure designs through our in-house design and R&D departments. Every Claxton structure is designed for robust, safe and efficient installation, which can be either from a rig or pre-installed from a suitable vessel ahead of the rig’s arrival.”

Ann Vicens - Product Leader for Centralizers & Asset Life Extension, Claxton