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Deepwater Oil & Gas Engineering

Coordination of the efforts of multiple design teams and contractors may now be the most important factor in the success of large, complex projects.

Too often we are left with installations that are designed in isolation and that then require much time, effort and money for us to figure out how to operate them. 

At GATE, we promote a systems-level view of engineering problems. Even in our smaller projects, such as working discrete process or corrosion issues, taking a larger view of the interactions and intricacies of the system as a whole enables us to develop an optimized solution that crosses many different disciplines and boundaries. 

This takes personnel with a broad knowledge of production systems and the challenges involved in designing, constructing, commissioning and operating them.

Our goal is to provide engineering solutions to the upstream oil & gas industry that allow our clients to make informed financial decisions. We aim to provide these solutions through the high caliber of our staff and strong relationships with our customers.

We take on projects at any stage from design of new developments to troubleshooting of mature fields. 

GATE provides expertise in:

This enables us to provide a balanced oil and gas engineering service to our Clients that ensures the interfaces between various disciplines are adequately recognized and addressed. This results in smoother facility start-ups, and increased whole-life value for existing developments.


Our Services

Founded in 2000, GATE focuses on the provision of world-class engineering and project management services concentrated on the deepwater upstream oil and gas industry. As GATE, has grown and evolved, we have developed our reputation as a company that provides realistic and achievable solutions to complex tasks and challenges found offshore.

Since 2000, we have expanded to 100+ technical staff with employees located in-house with major operators, as well as in our Park Ten location.

We are a close-knit company. This enables us to respond quickly to the needs of our Clients and also allows us to transfer learning’s and skills rapidly through our project group. This lets us invest in our employees to a greater level than many other businesses do. This approach positions GATE as a supplier of systems engineering expertise, taking into account the broader consequences of implementing specific technical solutions that may not be apparent to individuals with niche technical skills.

Systems Approach

Although we are also involved in many discrete projects, our main objective is in developing a systems engineering approach to field design and operation. This enables our Clients to make informed decisions and maximize leverage over their efforts.

Rather than attempt to provide a large number of engineers to a project, it is our goal to provide high caliber individuals for discrete high responsibility positions. This requires people that are willing to learn new things, able to transfer existing skills and knowledge to new situations, and who are able to manage and coordinate their activities and the activities of others. As such, a large proportion of our staff has advanced degrees or professional engineer certification.

Company Philosophy

In contrast to other consulting and engineering firms, GATE's philosophy is based on taking an operators prospective to a problem and not limiting ourselves to a specific discipline. This results in solutions that transcend discipline boundaries and provide fit for purpose answers to real operating challenges. 

Our project portfolio is centered upon deepwater operations, largely as a result of the increased risks associated with the design, installation and operation of such facilities. We have a varied workload, ranging from new technology development and evaluation, pre-FEED (front-end engineering design) and FEED support, through commissioning and start-up, to troubleshooting of producing facilities. We only work for Operators, not for EPC contractors and vendors.

Although the bulk of our workload is associated with technical support of projects during their design, where the most value for least cost can typically be leveraged, this is balanced by a significant portion of projects that support existing facilities. We staff our projects so that all of our team members face a mix of project design and asset support activities, so that they maintain a focus on operational aspects when supporting the design of facilities and operating procedures.

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