Oilfield services major Schlumberger Limited SLB, recently entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Middle East maritime and logistics company, Milaha regarding oil well stimulation vessels for work in Qatar. Schlumberger has been serving Qatar’s oil and gas sector for more than 70 years providing key services such as seismic acquisition and processing, well testing and directional drilling, artificial lifts, well completions and groundwater extraction.
The MoU will support value-based approach to manage projects while working for ‘Tawteen’ initiatives for Qatar to create local content and acquisition of skills. The Qatar Petroleum-led program is designed to foster localization policy in the energy sector while retaining ‘economic value’ in the country.
Schlumberger in partnership with Milaha’s Offshore and Marine arm has agreed to a five-year joint development project which includes Qatar-owned, flagged and operated Oil Well Stimulation Vessel. The renovating and fitting of these vessels will be done to create the inaugural FLEXSTIM platform, which will be handled locally. The installation has already begun and is expected to complete during the fourth quarter of 2020.
Schlumberger’s offshore modular stimulation system, FLEXSTIM, has been installed on the vessels operating in the Arabian Gulf, Caspian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, South China Sea and South Atlantic Ocean. Per Schlumberger, the system can be designed and put to work within four weeks from the ordered date. Its capacity can be modified depending on specific needs.
Schlumberger’s shares have underperformed the oil and gas field services industry in the past six months. Shares of the company have improved 12.1% compared with 37.2% rise of the industry it belongs to.
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