ZOETERMEER, the Netherlands – The Cardon IV joint venture of Eni and Repsol has contracted Seaway Heavy Lifting to install the gas production platforms for the Perla project offshore Venezuela.
Water depth at the Perla field is 70 m (229 ft). The three platforms will export gas to the shore through a 30-in. pipeline making landfall near Punto Fijo.
Seaway Heavy Lifting’s scope includes transportation of the platforms to the offshore location followed by installation and tie-in to various inter-field pipelines that have already been installed.
Cardon IV S.A. is a joint operating company currently owned by Eni (50%) and Repsol (50%). Petróleos de Venezuela will have a 35% share in the operation of this block, including the Rafael Urdaneta gas project.
The crane vessel Stanislav Yudin will execute the lifting and installation work, and will be outfitted with a saturation dive system to perform the tie-ins.
In addition to the two supporting vessels, seven tug/barge spreads will be deployed to transport the platforms and subsea infrastructure from various ports in the Gulf of Mexico to the offshore site.
The program, due to begin soon, is expected to last around five months. Seaway Heavy Lifting is handling project management and engineering from the Netherlands and its new project office in the Woodlands near Houston.