Major achievements in the subsea segment (technological world records)

Current & recent projects include:

  • Anadarko – Caesar/Tonga
  • Anadarko – K2
  • Anadarko – Nansen
  • ATP – Mirage/Telemark
  • BHP – Angostura
  • BP – Atlantis
  • BP – Dorado
  • BP – Galapagos
  • BHP – Neptune
  • BP – Thunderhorse
  • BHP – Shenzi
  • ENI – Appaloosa
  • Kosmos – Jubilee
  • Marathon – Ozona
  • Mariner – Bass Lite
  • Murphy – Thunderhawk
  • Petrobras – PDET
  • Petrobras – Cascade & Chinook
  • Shell – Princess 3
  • Shell – Perdido
  • Total – Matterhorn
  • W&T – Daniel Boone

Also, Technip has been contracted by ExxonMobil to design and build a Marine Well Containment System (MWCS) to protect the industry’s future in the Gulf of Mexico.


Technological world records include:

  • Shell Na Kika project: in 2004, thanks to its largest purpose-built ultra deepwater pipelay and subsea construction vessel, the Deep Blue, Technip realized an unprecedented series of deepwater industry records and technological world firsts on the Na Kika Project in the Gulf of Mexico.

Some key contracts in the Subsea segment include:

  • BP Thunder Horse - Water Injection Risers and Flowlines: supply and installation of three water injection risers and associated Flowlines for the BP Thunderhorse field in approximately 6,000 ft of water. The flexible pipe was manufactured in the Group’s main plant in Le Trait, France and was installed by the Deep Blue during the second quarter of 2005. Pressure design reached 10,000 psi.
  • Marine Energy Swordfish: installation contract for rigid oil and gas pipelines connecting the Swordfish field to the Neptune Spar production platform.

The contract was carried out by Technip’s engineering center based in Houston. The Group’s vessel, Deep Blue, using the reel lay method, installed the oil pipe-in-pipe pipeline (6”x10”) and the gas pipeline (6”). The rigid lines, each approximately 14 miles long, were assembled at Technip USA’s spoolbase in Mobile, Alabama.

Technip also provided hydrostatic testing of the completed pipelines installed in March 2005.

  • Dominion's Triton and Goldfinger Subsea tie backs: the overall project was carried out by Technip’s engineering centre in Houston which provided project management, engineering, fabrication and installation services for riser, pipe-in-pipe flowline, end manifolds, insulation systems and Spar interfaces.

Both fields, located in 5,600 ft water depth in, respectively, Mississippi Canyon Blocks 728 and 772/771 were tied back by a unitized system to the Devils Tower Spar platform, acting as the host processing facility. The subsea system was designed to meet the flow assurance requirements of the fields in challenging water depths.

  • Kerr-McGee’s Ticonderoga: the overall project covered the installation of two pipe-in-pipe flowlines and steel catenary risers along with Pipeline End Termination (PLET) structures for the tie back of the wells to Kerr-McGee’s Constitution Spar. Technip’s engineering center in Houston provided the installation engineering along with the design of the PLET structures. The Group’s deepwater pipelay vessel Deep Blue installed the flowlines during the fourth quarter of 2005.

BG Trinidad and Tobago for the North Coast Marine Area (NCMA) Development [...] Trinidad


Technip worked hand in hand with its client to execute the work under a lump sum contract delivering the project both on budget and on schedule in an area of the world where other contractors have found challenging conditions.

The scope of work included engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation, and pre-commissioning of insulated flexible risers, rigid flowlines and umbilical systems connecting the Eastern Hibiscus and Chaconia subsea wells to the Hibiscus Platform. The field is located 25 miles to the northwest of Trinidad in the North Coast Marine Area Block 01 in 500 ft of water.

Flexible risers and well jumpers were manufactured by Technip's Flexi France facility in Le Trait, France while the electro-hydraulic control umbilicals were manufactured by Technip's Technip Umbilicals factory in Newcastle, UK. The detailed design engineering was performed by Technip Houston.

Technip utilized its pipelay vessel, the Apache, to reel lay the rigid flowlines and the DP Class III DSV, the Wellservicer, to install the flexible risers and umbilicals as well as for diving and ROV support for the completion of the work.

Recent key awards:

  • Cascade Chinook project: a multinational team tackle deepest water yet.

The Cascade & Chinook EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) project is bringing together teams from across the world to install five Free-Standing Hybrid Riser (FSHR) systems in the Gulf of Mexico in waters from 2515 to 2740 meters. The FSHRs are the deepest ever and the first reeled ones, as well as the first in the Gulf to be connected to an FPSO. The Deep Blue vessel will carry out the installation, which will start in August 2009 and will run through December 2009. The first oil is expected in 2010.

Technip engineering center in Houston is handling Project Management, Engineering and Procurement with an integrated team of 60 engineers. Houston's engineering efforts are supported by a Design Verification team from Seal Engineering (France) and technical assistance from Technip teams in Brazil and the Offshore Engineering Division in Aberdeen. Technip's spoolbase (located in Mobile, Alabama) is fabricating the pipes and the Pori yard is manufacturing and assembling the buoyancy cans and suction piles.

A significant portion of engineering and procurement for the project is now complete, with contracts for most components awarded and manufacturing, including buoyancy cans, in progress.

  • Technip has been awarded two contracts in relation to the Jubilee field development.

The first contract is for the design and fabrication of the following flexible risers and appurtenances (including buoyancy modules): four production risers, two gas injection risers, one water injection riser, and one gas export riser.

The second contract is for the design, procurement, fabrication and transportation of materials, installation and pre-commissioning of the Foundation piles for Riser Bases and Manifolds, Rigid Steel Flowlines, Pipeline End Terminations (PLETs), Rigid Flowline Jumpers, and Rigid Well Jumpers.

Furthermore, Technip's Houston center is responsible for the transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of the riser bases, manifolds, flexible risers, umbilicals and umbilical risers, Umbilical Termination Assemblies (UTAs), Subsea Distribution Units (SDUs), and flying leads.

  • A contract by Mariner Energy Inc. for the fabrication and installation of a subsea flowline and risers for the Bass Lite development in the Gulf of Mexico.

The contract included engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of a steel flowline that ties-back subsea wells at a depth of 6,750 ft of water in Atwater Valley 426, to a steel catenary riser installed on the Devils Tower Spar in 5,600 ft of water. Technip designed and manufactured one Flowline End Termination (FLET), two Flowline Midline Terminations (FLMT) as well as manufactured and installed the jumper.

Detailed engineering and project management was performed at Technip's operations and engineering center in Houston, Texas. Assembly of the flowline and SCRs took place at Technip's spoolbase located in Mobile, Alabama.

Offshore Installation was completed in Q4 2007 by Technip's deepwater pipelay vessel Deep Blue.

  • A contract by Shell for the installation of the water injection flowlines and the risers for the developments of Ursa and Princess fields. These fields are located in the Gulf of Mexico, about 140 miles southeast of New Orleans (Louisiana).

This project consisted of the tie-back of four subsea water injection wells to the Ursa platform, anchored in the Mississippi Canyon block at a water depth of approximately 3,780 ft.

The contract covered project management, engineering, fabrication and installation of flowlines and steel catenary risers, and installation of pipeline end terminations (PLET). Technip's operations and engineering center in Houston (Texas) executed the contract. Assembly of the pipe stalks took place at Technip's spoolbase located in Mobile (Alabama). The Deep Blue, Technip's deepwater pipelay vessel, deployed the pipelines on the ocean floor using the reel lay method, thus achieving high productivity pipe lay rates in excess of 1 km per hour.

Offshore installation was completed during the fourth quarter 2007.

  • A contract by BHP Billiton for the flowlines, risers and subsea structures installation for the development of the Shenzi field in 4,300 ft of water depth. The Shenzi development requires delivery of a subsea system in water depths where Technip has extensive experience.

The contract covered the engineering, fabrication and installation of a system of two infield flowlines and six flowlines welded to steel catenary risers and connecting three drill centers to the production platform.

Pipeline end terminations (PLET) design was completed at Technip's operations and engineering center in Houston (Texas) with PLET fabrication taking place in Q3 and Q4, 2007.

The flowlines and risers were welded onshore, at Technip’s spoolbase located in Mobile (Alabama), minimizing the duration of offshore operations.

Offshore installation was carried out in Q1 2008 by the Deep Blue, Technip's deepwater pipelay vessel. The Deep Blue used the reel lay process, reducing the vessel’s required time in the field, thus limiting its exposure to weather and currents.

The Shenzi field is operated by BHP Billiton and owned by BHP Billiton (44%), Repsol (28%) and Hess (28%).

  • A contract by Mariner Energy, Inc. for an electro- hydraulic control umbilical for the Bass Lite field development in the Gulf of Mexico. This contract follows the pipeline contract awarded to Technip in 2006 for the same field.

This new contract included engineering and installation of three steel umbilical sections, approximately 19 miles long each, and installation of the hydraulic, electrical and optical connecting lines for the control of the subsea system.

The umbilical and the associated connecting lines tie-back the two Bass Lite subsea wells, at a water depth of 6,750 ft in Atwater Valley 426, to the Devils Tower spar moored in 5,600 ft of water.

Technip's operations and engineering center in Houston (Texas) executed the contract. Umbilical sections were loaded out onto the Apache, one of Technip’s pipelay vessels, for offshore installation in Q4 2007.

  • A contract by Bluewater Industries, Inc. for the flowlines, risers, jumpers and subsea structures for the Mirage field development, in the Gulf of Mexico. This field is located in Mississippi Canyon Block 941, at a water depth of 4,050 ft. ATP Oil & Gas Corporation is 100% owner and operator of Mirage and Bluewater Industries is managing the project.

The contract covered:

  • engineering for the installation, welding and installation of two steel catenary risers and two oil and gas export flowlines (31 and 52 km long),
  • fabrication and installation of subsea structures and jumpers, and
  • pre-commissioning.

Technip's operations and engineering center in Houston (Texas) executed this contract. The flowlines and risers will be were welded at the Group's spoolbase located in Mobile (Alabama) during the first quarter of 2008. The Deep Blue, Technip's deepwater pipelay vessel, reel laid the pipelines in 2008, and will install the SRCs in mid 2009.


More than 30 years of success in delivering offshore projects

With its strong project management and industry-leading engineering capabilities and a strategically located fabrication site, Technip is vertically-integrated and can offer its clients the broadest, most complete range of offshore production system services.

Technip is amongst the leaders in the area of engineering and construction of Floaters: Spars, Floating Production, Storage and Offloading systems (FPSOs), Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs), and semi-submersible platforms. Technip is renowned for its expertise in riser architecture and mooring systems, which are a critical aspect of deepwater developments.

A long track-record in the design and construction of Spar platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond...

Recent completions:

Technip's Houston teams delivered a Spar under an EPC contract with Shell for the ultra deepwater Perdido regional host development in the GOM. The Spar was constructed in the Pori yard in Finland, and was towed to site and upended in the final position during summer 2008. The Spar is currently secured by 9 mooring lines to the seafloor in about 8,000 ft of water. The Perdido Spar is the deepest Spar in the world, and the first with Direct Vertical Access (DVA). The DVA will reduce the drilling cost, simplify work-overs and facilitate access to subsea equipment. The platform is designed to produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day and 200 million standard cubic feet of gas. First oil is scheduled in 2010.

The Tahiti Spar, also built in the Pori yard in Finland was delivered to the GOM in May 2007 under an EPC contract with Chevron. The Spar is currently secured by XX mooring lines to the seafloor in about 4,000 ft of water. First oil from Tahiti is scheduled for Mid 2009.

The Kikeh Spar: first Spar delivered outside the GOM under an EPCI contract with Murphy Oil Corporation. In 2006, the first Spar topside installation by floatover was carried out on the Kikeh Spar in Malaysia. A world's first.

Technip has delivered 80% of the Spar platform hulls that are currently operating or in the delivery stage.

...rewarded by the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award in 2005

Technip and Kerr-McGee received the prestigious Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Distinguished Achievement Award on May 3rd, 2005.

The award recognizes the partnership between Technip and Kerr-McGee, which has pioneered and delivered three generations of Spar technology to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico during the past decade.

The world's first production Spar used what is called now the "classic" Spar design and was installed in 1997 at the Kerr-McGee-operated Neptune field in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The companies cooperated to develop the world's first application of "truss" Spars at the Kerr-McGee-operated Nansen and Boomvang fields in 2001. The year 2004 brought another world's first with the development and delivery of the third generation Spar called "cell" Spar for the Kerr-McGee-operated Red Hawk field.

In 2004, Technip completed and delivered a production deck to BHP Billiton and its partners Total and Talisman for the Angostura field in Trinidad & Tobago:

  • three deck levels totaling 43,000 square feet
  • topside operating weight of 8,000 short tons
  • supporting structure of 1,715 short tons
  • piling of 1,800 short tons


A strong experience in the onshore market

Technip, out of the Claremont engineering center, provides full service, single source responsibility for the complete Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of processingplants forthe refining, petrochemical and gas processing industries; for the production of ethylene, synthesis gas, hydrogen, ammonia and nitric acid;and for combustion, solids processing and incineration applications for the downstream market.

Through its wholly-owned affiliate KTI, the company is a leading supplier of furnaces and fired heaters for the processing industries worldwide.

Recent key contracts include:

  • A 19.4 MMSCFD hydrogen plant by Cenex Harvest States (CHS)

for their Laurel, Montana refinery as part of the Tier-II clean fuels program. Technip USA's scope covered design, engineering, procurement and construction for the complete plant.
The hydrogen plant utilized Technip's state-of-the-art steam reforming technology and the design was tailored for a high degree of energy efficiency as well as environmental compliance employing ultra low-NOx combustion. Completed: first quarter of 2005.


  • A major refinery expansion for Valero Energy Corporation in Port Arthur, Texas

Technip is performing the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of a portion of the Valero crude Oil expansion Project II at their refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. This major expansion project includes a Saturate Gas Recovery Unit plus significant modifications and additions to the off-sites and utility systems of the refinery.


  • A 110 MMSCFD Hydrogen plant for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. located at Convent, Louisiana

Technip's scope covered design, engineering and procurement for the plant. The hydrogen plant utilized Technip's state-of-the-art steam reforming technology and the design was tailored for a high degree of energy efficiency as well as environmental compliance.
The plant supplies hydrogen to the Motiva Enterprises LLC and Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) refineries respectively in Convent and Garyville (capacity: 225,000 bpd and 255,000 bpd). The unit also provides hydrogen to Air Products' Mississippi River corridor pipeline system. The hydrogen facility, which helps produce cleaner transportation fuels and other petroleum products from heavier, sour crude feedstocks, has been on stream since November 2005.
Technip has had a global alliance with Air Products and Chemicals since 1992 for the supply of hydrogen plants worldwide, and has so far supplied 24 hydrogen facilities, with an aggregate capacity of over one billion standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen.


  • A Benzene Reduction Unit for ConocoPhillips in Trainer, PA.

This contract includes the provision of engineering services for the FEL2 and FEL3 phases of the project, which is designed to reduce the levels of benzene in the refinery's product streams. The unit uses a proprietary technology supplied by others, with Technip being responsible for the engineering design and cost estimating associated with these early phases of the project, along with the preparation of execution plans and schedules for the complete EPC execution of the work.


for upgrading facilities and a hydrogen unit for the Horizon Oil Sands Project located 75 km northwest of Fort McMurray, in Northern Alberta, Canada
The first contract is for a diluent recovery unit (DRU) and a delayed coking unit (DCU). The DRU will recover the diluent used to liquefy heavy crude oil from bitumen sands and the DCU will upgrade the heavy crude oil into valuable liquid hydrocarbon products through coke extraction. Technip's engineering center based in Rome (Italy) is providing detailed engineering, procurement of equipment and materials, construction and pre-commissioning of the units, which are scheduled to be operational in 2008.
The second contract includes a hydrogen unit which will be the world's second largest single train hydrogen plant. The unit, based on Technip's proprietary technology, will produce high purity hydrogen, which will then be used to upgrade Athabasca Bitumen to sweeten synthetic crude oil. This lump sum turnkey project is being executed by Technip Claremont, which will provide basic design, detailed engineering, procurement, construction and pre-commissioning. The plant is expected to be on-stream in 2008.


This project was built in a joint venture with Zachry Construction Corporation and Saipem.
The Freeport LNG terminal, with a capacity of 1.5 billion cubic feet per day, was developed in response to the growing need for new natural gas supplies for commercial, industrial and residential consumers in the United states.
The lump sum turnkey contract included engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning and start up. The terminal was completed and started up in 2008.


  • Umbrella engineering services and long Term EPCM contracts by ExxonMobil for multiple U.S. refinery locations

ExxonMobil has awarded two service contracts to Technip. These two contracts are for engineering services for scoping and screening studies and long term services for Front End Loading (FEL), Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) or EPCM services. The work involves multi-phased projects for several of ExxonMobil refineries in the United States. The agreement extends through 2009.


  • Midstream engineering integration contract for BP America Production Company for Colombia GTL project

Technip provided engineering services for the Appraise Phase for the BP Gas to Liquids (GTL) Project to be constructed in Colombia. The project team includes GTL specialists from Technip Rome, Italy.
The Appraise Phase covers the process design, as well as a significant share of the basic engineering activities. Technical support for this project was also provided by Technip's Bogotá Office.


  • Ethylene cracking furnaces and ethylene recovery section for OPIC (Oman Petrochemicals Industries Company, a JV between Oman Oil Corporation, Government of Oman and The Dow Chemical Company, DOW)

Technip provided front-end design, detailed engineering and procurement services for 9 world scale gas cracking furnaces. These furnaces are part of an ethylene plant being built by OPIC within a grassroots petrochemical complex.
In addition, Technip prepared the Basic Engineering Package (BEP) for the NGL fractionation as well as the complete ethylene recovery section.
This project is part of a Global Alliance with DOW for design and engineering of ethylene crackers.


  • Ethylene cracking furnaces for Ras Laffan ethylene production facility in Qatar

Technip was awarded a lump sum project for design, engineering and supply of nine ethylene cracking furnaces for the Ras Laffan ethylene production facilities in Qatar. These furnaces produce cracked gas for a 1,300,000 MTPA ethylene plant and are an integral part of the whole steam-cracker complex designed and built by the Technip group.


  • Ethylene cracking furnace for Equate Petrochemical Company, Kuwait

Technip has been awarded a lump sum, turnkey project for the 9th ethylene cracking furnace for Equate Petrochemical Company. This furnace is similar in design to DOW OL2K plant at Kuwait. This project also includes the engineering and procurement services for the tie-in of the OL2K plant to existing Equate furnaces.


  • Ethylene cracking furnaces and ethylene recovery section for TKOC (The Kuwait Olefins Company, a JV between Petrochemical Industries Corporation, Kuwait and the Dow Chemical Company, DOW)

Technip is executing the front-end design, detailed engineering and procurement services for 8 world scale gas cracking furnaces. These furnaces will be part of a major ethylene plant being built by TKOC, Kuwait within a grassroots petrochemical complex.
In addition, Technip is carrying out the Basic Engineering Package (BEP) for the complete ethylene recovery section.
This project is implemented through the Technip Global Alliance with DOW for design and engineering of ethylene crackers.


  • A Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract by Biomass Investment Group (BIG) for their closed loop biomass power plant project located in Florida which will use E-Grass as a farm grown energy crop. This contract also includes the design and supply of a process demonstration unit, approximately 1/10th scale

This project will be the world's first large-scale operation for producing electricity from a crop grown specially for conversion into power. This biomass energy source is renewable and presents environmental advantages such as no net carbon emissions, no-till agriculture and low power plant emissions.
Technip's operations and engineering center in Claremont (California) will execute the contract. The plant will utilize BIG's proprietary process to convert biomass to liquid fuel for use in a combined cycle combustion-turbine generator system.
It will also be the world's first E-Grass fired power plant to sell "green electricity" to utilities and other clients under long-term power purchase contracts.


  • Fluidized Bed Roasters for Falconbridge based on Dorr Oliver FluoSolids® Technology

Technip has been awarded lump sum, engineering and procurement of two fluidized bed reducers and their associated equipment for Falconbridge's Koniambo Nickel project. The project is a green-field mining and smelting project in New Caledonia that will include a mine and smelter, power station, sea port, desalination plant and other infrastructure and administration facilities. The fluid bed roasters utilize Technip's proprietary Dorr-Oliver technology to reduce iron and nickel contained in the ore. Major equipment includes the fluid bed roasters, fluidizing air blowers and cyclones.