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Ellis Patents goes offshore in Africa

Author : J GALE

31 January 2011

Leading cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis Patents has further enhanced its global standing by supplying its Emperor stainless steel cleats for use in the Aseng old field development off the coast of Equatorial Guinea.

Specified by the world’s leading FPSO (Floating production storage and offloading vessel) owner and operator, SBM Offshore, due to their high levels of short circuit withstand and corrosion protection, the North Yorkshire company’s cleats are being installed in an FPSO that is currently under construction in the Keppel Shipyard, Singapore.

Tony Conroy, Ellis Patents export sales manager, said: "The oil and gas industry is a key focus for our export business and in order to be successful in this market you need to have a truly global approach. As such, we have specialist distributors in the Middle East, Asia, South America, Australia, Kazakhstan and the United States, with whom we work closely in order to ensure our name and products are to the fore whenever this kind of project comes online."

This approach has proved extremely successful for Ellis Patents, with recent successes including repeat orders for elements of the Kashagan project in Kazakhstan, and major orders for an FPSO and FPU (Floating production unit) for use in Brazil’s Peregrino and Roncador fields respectively.

The FPSO Aseng is a US$600million joint venture between SBM Offshore and Compania Nacional de Petrole de Guinea Ecuatorial (GE Petrol), the state oil company of Equatorial Guinea. When complete it will be operated offshore for Noble Energy.

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