Van Oord wins two contracts for West Nile Delta offshore Egypt

Offshore staff

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands Subsea 7 has contracted Van Oord to construct the landfall and execute subsea rock installation works for the West Nile Delta project in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea. Preparations on-site have already started.

The BP-operated project, located 65 km (40 mi) offshore northern Egypt, comprises the development of a series of gas fields. The first phase, which includes the Taurus and Libra fields, consists of a nine-well tieback to the existing Burullus facilities.

The landfall scope of work consists of the installation of a cofferdam, trenching, and pipe pull activities and will be executed in 2017. The landfall location is at the Burrulus terminal near Idku, 50 km (31 mi) from Alexandria.

Van Oord will deploy a trailing suction hopper dredger, backhoe dredger, and a 600-metric ton (661-ton) winch. The flexible fallpipe vessel Stornes will be deployed this year to execute rock installation activities to prevent upheaval buckling.

Production from the West Nile Delta project is expected to be about 1.2 bcf/d, equivalent to about 30% of Egypt’s current gas production. All the produced gas will be fed into the country’s national gas grid.

Subsea 7 was previously awarded two large-scale subsea contracts for the first and second phases of the development. It was also contracted by Burullus Gas Co. for platform extension and tie-in works.


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