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Scots engineering firm manufactures oilfield equipment for Shell UK.

The project saw a high pressure wellhead desanding package delivered to the UK operator only 14 weeks after the order was placed.

It is believed that Montrose-based Merpro’s specialist ability to design, manufacture, test and deliver the two-skid package saw them win out against strong competition from throughout the UK.

The desanding package is designed for use prior to the choke manifold. It will operate at temperatures as low as-50oC up to 120oC and can withstand pressures up to 4000 psi.

Destined for the Brent area of the North Sea, the oilfield equipment will be used on high pressure wells to remove highly-erosive sand from oil and gas wellfluids. Merpro Ltd business development manager Neil McIntosh explained: "At very high pressures, such as those prevalent at the sharp end of a platform, sand is erosive and can cause considerable damage to equipment. Such damage can prove very costly to rig operators.

"As a company, we carried out detailed process and mechanical engineering, procurement, fabrication, non-destructive examination, heat treatment, pressure testing and electrical and instrumentation assembly prior to delivery of the package. Our site in Montrose allows us to carry out all these tasks under one roof.

"We are delighted that Shell UK Exploration and Production chose Merpro to undertake this contract."

Merpro which is a key member of Tayside Oil and gas industry partnership Dundee and Angus Oil Venture Group (DAOVG), has worked with Shell before. Merpro Limited employs 135 people in Montrose and 24 in Nailsea, near Bristol. With an annual turnover of more than £15 Million, the Angus-based company counts firms such as ABB Vetco Gray, Bluewater, Demag Delaval, FMC and Shell among its key clients.

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