Schlumberger and Milaha Sign MOU To Provide Stimulation Vessel in Qatar

Schlumberger and a Middle East offshore logistics company signed an agreement to develop a modular stimulation vessel as part of Qatar’s program aimed at localizing the energy sector’s supply chain and creating new investment opportunities.

Drawing of modular stimulation vessel
The modular system can be laid out and components added or eliminated to suit stimulation requirements.

Schlumberger and Milaha, a Middle East maritime and logistics company, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a joint development project which will include an oil-well stimulation vessel.

Led by Qatar Petroleum, the Tawteen program aims to localize the energy sector’s supply chain and create new investment opportunities in Qatar.

Milaha’s offshore and marine segment signed the 5-year joint development project, which will include a Qatar-owned, -flagged, and -operated oil-well stimulation vessel. The first of these vessels will be designed and outfitted in the country using Schlumberger’s FlexSTIM platform, which will be modified, owned, and operated locally.

Schlumberger has provided more than a dozen of the modular stimulation systems in the Arabian Gulf, Caspian Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, South China Sea, and South Atlantic Ocean.

The system can be designed and implemented in less than 4 weeks from the order date. Its capacity can be tailored to meet specific operator needs—a standard 900-m2 deck area supply vessel can be molded for capacities up to 13,500 HHP, 12,600 ft3 of proppant storage, and 160,000 gal (US) of concentrated acid capacity. The layout and components of the system can be added or eliminated to suit a client’s requirements, according to Schlumberger’s website.

Pre-engineering for the Qatar vessel has begun and will evolve during the final quarter of 2020.