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Subsea Specialists flexlife Secure Three Year Contract with Apache North Sea

22 June 2009

Leading flexible pipe specialist flexlife has secured a subsea engineering support contract with Apache North Sea worth £2,400,000 over three years with the option to extend to five years.

It comes after flexlife was awarded long-term integrity management contracts with Maersk and CNR earlier this year, again for three years with options to extend to five.

flexlife will be responsible for all the subsea engineering and operational pipeline support on Apache's North Sea assets after competing against 16 companies during the tendering process.

Stuart Mitchell, director of Aberdeen-based flexlife, said: “Securing this major contract is very significant for us and the development of the subsea engineering side of our business. Apache North Sea are a very important client to us and we are looking forward to supporting them in ongoing operational work as well as implementing their development plans over the next 5 years. We have a great, highly-experienced team of subsea engineers in-house and will be bringing additional skilled personnel to build on this team''

Mark Richardson, Apache Subsea Projects Manager, said: “flexlife have combined their experience with other contractors that have a track record of support with Apache to provide a; dynamic, lean and highly-focused support team that is completely aligned to Apache's way of doing business. I am looking forward to working with them to maximise Apache's subsea opportunities.”

flexlife recently celebrated its second anniversary having recorded turnover of £3million for 2008/09 and predicting growth of around 70% in 2009/2010, primarily through work in the North Sea and Brazil.

flexlife also offers integrity management services with its breakthrough patented scanning technology - the first to be able to successfully scan flexible risers in situ. The application can scan for a flooded annulus and flexible pipe armour wire corrosion, factors which significantly affect the service life of flexible risers commonly used on floating production vessels (FPSOs).

The tool is ROV-deployed and can operate down to 6,000metres, helping to extend the lifespan of flexible pipes and minimise additional cost, personnel and environmental impact for clients.