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Plexus Holdings PLC announces contract for wellhead equipment and sealing technology

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Plexus has secured an order for its proprietary POS-GRIP ‘HG®’ wellhead equipment and sealing technology for a specialised project application, which is to be deployed over the next 12 months.

The current value of the order is more than £5 million. Approximately £2.5 million of milestone payments will be received and accounted for as deferred revenue in the current financial year, and the full value of the contract will be recognised as sales revenues in the financial year ending 30 June 2024.

Plexus will supply the equipment on a rental basis, and part of the equipment deployment required for the project will be the operation of POS-GRIP components, including leak proof metal to metal ‘HG’ seals, in a subsea environment. This will help to demonstrate key elements and functionality of a full Python® Subsea Wellhead, as well as further developing the potential for the rental of specialised wellhead systems.

Ben van Bilderbeek, Plexus’ CEO, said: “I am delighted that our Aberdeen team have been able to use their exceptional engineering and equipment design skills to secure this major contract, which significantly increases the visibility of our future revenue and cash flow projections, and Plexus’ reputation as a “can do” surface or subsea equipment solutions provider. This contract win is an example of how POS-GRIP’s proprietary subsea engineering can be deployed as a bespoke solution for a unique application, which bodes well for the role Plexus can play in the future of the growing decommissioning market.”

“I believe that a combination of our developing remedial and decommissioning capabilities, our Python® subsea wellhead products, and the rental and sale of Plexus exploration and production wellhead systems, places Plexus in a good position to capitalise on a growing range of opportunities as indicated in our recent AGM Statement of the 23 December 2022. I was also particularly encouraged by a ‘Research and Markets’ January 2023 report on the global wellhead equipment market that projects a compound annual growth rate of circa 9.3%, resulting in a doubling of market size between now and 2030 to, circa US$11.8 billion.

“As the oil and gas markets emerge from eight-years of recession, during which time Plexus has had to sit out a three year non-compete period before being able to return to the previously profitable rental exploration wellhead sector, we had to adapt our remaining business to cope with the market downturn. Encouragingly, as evidenced by today’s announcement, we are now experiencing an increasing number of enquiries, including for our revamped Exact EX exploration rental wellhead and mudline hanger technologies, which are offered in partnership with Schlumberger (SLB) on a worldwide basis. I believe Plexus is finally turning the corner and will prosper in the coming years, both organically, and with major technology licensees such as TechnipFMC and SLB, who have recognised and adopted the unique benefits of the ESG and NetZero compliant POS-GRIP method of wellhead engineering.”

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