MILAN, Italy – Petrobel has awarded Saipem an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract for the accelerated start-up of the Zohr gas field offshore Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea.
Petrobel, a joint venture between Eni and Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. is in charge of the Zohr development on behalf of PetroShorouk, a joint venture between EGAS (Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co.) and Eni.
The scope of work encompasses the installation of a 26-in. gas export trunkline and 14-in. and 8-in. service trunklines, as well as EPCI work for the field development in deepwater (up to 1,700 m/5,577 ft) of six wells and the installation of the umbilical system. Work will start in July 2016 and is due to be completed by the end of 2017.
In order to ensure that the accelerated development schedule is met, Saipem will mobilize the ultra-deepwater last generation pipelayer Castorone, the semisubmersible pipelayer Castoro Sei, the trench/pipelay barge Castoro 10, and other specialized vessels.
Saipem CEO Stefano Cao said: “We are very pleased to have been selected for the important objective of delivering first gas from Zohr before the end of 2017. We will mobilize a fleet of vessels with last-generation capabilities, and leverage on our proven expertise and consolidated presence in the area, in order to ensure our clients achieve their targets.”
The Zohr gas field was discovered by Eni in August 2015, using the drillship Saipem 10000, which is still operating in the area.
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