Amarinth overhauls skid packages for oil spill response

Amarinth has been contracted by John Wood Group to overhaul the three oil containment skid packages managed and operated by Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL).

Amarinth engineers start inspecting the first OSRL oil containment skid to arrive.
Amarinth engineers start inspecting the first OSRL oil containment skid to arrive.

Six years ago, Amarinth supplied ten API 610 OH1 pumps with Plan 53B Seal Support systems to the Subsea Well Response Project for a global containment toolkit that can support subsea well incident response if well shut-in is not immediately possible. The equipment helps contain and quickly remove oil from the sea and offload it into tankers for removal from an incident.

The containment equipment is made available through OSRL to the international oil and gas industry and is always ready to be deployed anywhere in the world. An international industry-funded cooperative, OSRL exists to respond to oil spills wherever they may occur, providing preparedness, response and intervention services, helping to protect coastlines, wildlife, and communities. OSRL is wholly owned by oil and gas companies, and its membership represents the majority of the world’s oil production.

Amarinth has agreed an overhaul program that will see the three skids, each with three pumps, come into Amarinth’s facilities in Rendlesham, UK one by one over a three-month period. This ensures that two skid packages are always ready for deployment. Each skid will go through Amarinth’s strip, report and refurbish program. This involves a detailed mechanical and hydraulic assessment of the pumps and replacement of all important components. Knowledgeable engineers carefully inspect all non-replacement items for wear and to make sure they are within tolerance. The pumps are finally tested at Amarinth’s in-house facility to certify them to the same standards as when they were new, giving peace of mind that they will operate reliably whenever and wherever they are needed until the next planned overhaul.

Oliver Brigginshaw, managing director of Amarinth, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the global oil and gas industry on such a critical project. The importance of the OSRL equipment to the world cannot be underestimated. We will be working closely with Wood to ensure that the pumps are overhauled meticulously, and the skids returned to full readiness according to the agreed schedule.”