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INTECSEA (UK) Ltd

INTECSEA (UK) Ltd

By Helen Norman

Last year was certainly one of the most eventful in INTEC Engineering's 25-year history.
INTECSEA (UK) Ltd
Last year was certainly one of the most eventful in INTEC Engineering's 25-year history. First, in April, the business was acquired by WorleyParsons from its previous owner The Heerema Group; and in August came the announcement that INTEC and WorleyParsons Sea were to merge their respective companies into a new entity titled INTECSEA.

As a result of the transition of the business into the Group and strategic planning for best meeting client needs in the growing deepwater engineering sector, the companies elected to combine full deepwater, subsea, pipeline and floating production capability into a single entity. Leveraging off the industry reputations of INTEC and WorleyParsons Sea, the new business was named INTECSEA.

As a result of this move, INTEC's deepwater capability for subsea, pipelines, risers and FPSOs was combined with WorleyParsons Sea's independent engineering capability for floating systems. In addition, the existing offshore pipeline engineering and FPSO capabilities resident in WorleyParsons around the world were added to INTECSEA.

Staffing for the combined company now totals circa 800 people focused on its industry leading disciplines. This merger provides INTECSEA with important differentiation in the industry and is the largest assembly of this deepwater expertise in an independent consulting engineering and project management company. Combined with WorleyParsons' overall capability, the Group offers full service solutions around the world, from subsea wellhead through to onshore processing in the hydrocarbons sector.

Speaking at the time of the merger, the CEO of the new business, Ed Smith, commented: "We are particularly excited about adding new offices to support our clients, initially in Singapore and Melbourne. Maintaining both Houston offices is an important part of our growth strategy to attract and retain the best talent in the industry."

INTEC Engineering was initially founded in 1984 by WJ Timmermans, J Gillespie, AR Schultz, and DS McKeehan, and over the next quarter of a century established itself as a leading supplier of engineering services to the exploration and production, construction, and transportation sectors of the worldwide energy industry.

With operating offices in Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Delft, Perth, Melbourne, London and Rio de Janeiro, the business rapidly became known for its technical expertise in marine pipelines and risers, marine terminals, subsea production, floating production, and liquefied natural gas.

Whilst these capabilities enabled INTEC to play a key role in the development of offshore oil and gas reserves, the business also established an excellent reputation for specialised engineering services in the frontier and deepwater areas of the world. INTEC has designed pipelines and subsea production systems in water depths once thought impossible to reach, in locations as diverse as the Black Sea, the Arctic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, offshore West Africa, and the South China Sea.

When the industry considered 'deepwater' to be 600ft (180m), INTEC Engineering was developing technologies for 3000ft (900m). Today, 7000ft (2100m) depth developments are not uncommon for INTECSEA, and the deepest development worldwide - Independence Hub - at 9200ft (2800m) has formed part of the company's continued pioneering developments.

WorleyParsons Sea was a Houston-based engineering company operating in the upstream, deepwater market sector. The business became known for its provision of complete engineering services, including concept evaluation and selection, front-end engineering, detailed design, installation support, operational and maintenance planning and support, and removal and relocation planning of floating systems of all types.

Following the merger, INTECSEA wasted no time in adding more high profile projects to its portfolio. For example, in November, the business announced the award of the Subsea System and the Tension Leg Platform (TLP) Hull and Mooring Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for Hess Corporation's Pony project in the Gulf of Mexico.

The work commenced in mid-September and will continue through the early part of this year. Hess Corporation is the operator and sole owner of the lease, located in Green Canyon Block 468 and 469, in 3200 to 3800ft water depth.

The Subsea System scope incorporates the design of all subsea components including trees, jumpers, subsea structures, flowlines, umbilicals, risers, and subsea control systems. The TLP Hull and Mooring scope includes: hull sizing and global performance; design of the hull structure, hull systems, and the tendon moorings and foundations; procurement support including development of procurement packages for long lead components and construction support. The TLP is a conventional four-column hull supporting wet trees only.

Despite the changes to the company's operations over the last 12 months, the values that have underpinned the INTEC Engineering business over the last 25 years remain in tact. These are the values that form and govern the company's behaviour and centre on six core areas: ethical behaviour; outstanding client service; valuing people; results-oriented performance; teamwork; and continuous improvement.

INTECSEA's UK business operates from an office in Knaphill, Surrey and supports the European, African and Middle Eastern operating centres, with close links to the company headquarters in Houston and other offices in Delft and Perth. The UK office has been closely involved in the Development of the West Delta Deep Marine (WDDM) developments, from the first Scarab/Saffron project in 2000, to the cur
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