Technip awarded an important EPCI contract for the G1200 to develop the Starfish field in Trinidad and Tobago
Technip was awarded by BG International Ltd (BG) a lump sum engineering, procurement, commissioning and installation (EPCI) contract for the development of the Starfish field. Located in the East Coast Marine Area, offshore Trinidad, the field lies at a water depth of approximately 130 meters and will be tied back to the existing Dolphin ‘A’ Platform operated by BG.
The EPCI contract covers the project management, detailed design and procurement of:
- a 14” 10-kilometer concrete coated production flowline(1),
- an 11-kilometer control umbilical(2),
- riser(3) and spoolpiece tie-ins,
- four flexible jumpers(4).
In addition, the following client-supplied items will be installed:
- a subsea manifold(5),
- topsides high integrity pipeline protection system (optional).
Technip's operating center in Houston, Texas will perform the overall project management with detailed design being completed by Genesis, a wholly-owned Technip subsidiary. The umbilical will be manufactured by Technip’s Duco Inc. facility in Channelview, Texas and the flexible jumpers will be manufactured by Technip’s Flexi France plant in Le Trait, France.
Offshore installation is expected to be performed in mid-2014 with the G1200 as the primary installation vessel for all pipelay, umbilical lay and heavy lift operations. Diving and construction will be completed by one of Technip’s diving support vessels, supported by the diving division also coming from Global Industries.
David Dickson, Technip’s Senior Vice President, North America Region, has declared: “This project is an excellent example of the value of vertical integration within the expanded capability of Technip’s subsea offering. The S-Lay and heavy lift capability of the G1200 has allowed us to increase our accessible market.”
(1) Flowline: a pipe, laid on the seabed, which allows the transportation of oil/gas production or injection of fluids. Its length can vary from a few hundred meters to several kilometers.
(2) Umbilical: an assembly of steel tubes and/or thermoplastic hoses which can also include electrical cables or optic fibres used to control subsea structures from a platform or a vessel.
(3) Riser: a pipe or assembly of pipes used to transfer produced fluids from the seabed to the surface facilities or to transfer injection fluids, control fluids or lift gas from the surface facilities and the seabed.
(4) Jumper: a short section of pipe for the connection of two subsea structures.
(5) Manifold: a piece of pipe with several lateral outlets and/or inlets for connecting one pipe with others.
Technip received instructions from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to begin the engineering, construction and transport of a 23,000-ton Truss Spar(1) hull for their Heidelberg field development. This field is located in the US Gulf of Mexico, at a water depth of 1,620 meters (5,310 feet).
The Letter of Intent allows Technip to begin construction work on the project and other early works including purchase of long-lead items for the hull and start of fabrication, in advance of the expected project sanctioning around mid-2013, after which it will enter into Technip's backlog.
The Heidelberg Spar(2) will have a capacity of more than 80,000 barrels of oil and 2.3 million cubic meters of natural gas per day.
Technip’s operating center in Houston, Texas will provide the overall project management and engineering. The detailed hull design and fabrication will be carried out by Technip’s construction yard in Pori, Finland where most of Technip’s Spar projects have been manufactured.
David Dickson, Technip’s Senior Vice President, North America Region, has declared: “Technip is really proud to have received this Letter of Intent. Not only does it strengthen our long-lasting relationship with Anadarko but it also confirms its continuous trust in the Group’s extensive know-how and expertise in Spar technology. After Lucius, awarded last year and currently being built in our yard in Pori, Heidelberg will be the 8th Spar delivered by Technip to Anadarko.”
The Heidelberg Spar will be the 17th delivered by Technip (out of 20 worldwide) and thus demonstrates the Group’s leadership for this kind of floating platform and ability to tackle ultra-deepwater developments. It also confirms Pori’s track record expertise and great capabilities to deliver state-of-the-art platforms.
(1) Spar: a cylindrical, partially submerged offshore drilling and production platform that is particularly well adapted to deepwater.
(2) The Heidelberg Spar will be jointly owned by Anadarko (44.25%), Eni (12.5%), Apache Deepwater LLC (12.5%), Statoil (12%), ExxonMobil (9.375%), and Cobalt (9.375%).
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