Offshore Projects News Roundup | January 10 – Installation works in Africa, North Sea, and the Americas

Living Stone (Photo: DEME)
Living Stone (Photo: DEME)

New projects cover installation works in support of customers in the US East Coast, Egypt, Guyana, and Norway.

Empire Offshore Wind awards cable installation work on US East Coast

Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and BP, has awarded a contract to DEME Offshore US for the transportation and installation of inter-array cables for the Empire Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind farms.

DEME Offshore US will be responsible for the transport and installation of the inter-array cables, which have a total length of over 350 kilometres.

The installation works will be performed by a cable installation vessel from the DEME fleet in two campaigns. Currently, the company operates the state-of-the-art cable installation vessel Living Stone and this will be joined by a second DP3 cable installation vessel, Viking Neptun, in the first quarter of 2023.

Saipem secures projects totalling US$1.2 billion

<em>Photo: Saipem</em>
Photo: Saipem

Saipem has been awarded new contracts in South America and Africa for a total amount of approximately US$1.2 billion.

The first contract has been awarded by ExxonMobil Guyana, subject to government approvals, for the UARU oil field development project, located in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana at a water depth of around 2,000 metres. The contract scope includes the design, fabrication and installation of subsea structures, risers, flowlines and umbilicals for a large subsea production facility.

The second contract has been awarded by Petrobel for the transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of 170 kilometres of umbilicals for the Zohr Field, to be transported and installed between the central control platform (70 metres water depth) and the subsea field (1,500 metres water depth), connecting to the existing subsea production systems. The offshore campaign is planned to start during the third quarter of 2023.

Allseas wins installation contract for Norwegian production facility

<em>Photo: Allseas</em>
Photo: Allseas

Allseas has been selected to provide offshore transport and installation (T&I) services for a new processing platform topsides facility with well bay area and living quarters (NOA PdQ) in the NOAKA area development operated by Aker BP in the Norwegian North Sea.

The contract award follows the successful completion of front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for a single-lift transport and installation solution tailored to Allseas' heavy lift vessel Pioneering Spirit for the NOA PDQ topsides, located some 200 kilometres northwest of Stavanger.

Allseas performed the FEED work for the topsides in close collaboration with Aker BP between September 2021 and December 2022.

The NOA PdQ will function as a hub operated by Aker BP, with other fields developed as subsea tiebacks or normally unmanned/unmanned platforms.

Eneti to undertake turbine installation for undisclosed client

<em>Photo: Eneti/Seajacks</em>
Photo: Eneti/Seajacks

Eneti has confirmed that Seajacks UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, has entered into a contract with an undisclosed client to transport and install turbines for a project commencing in the first half of 2025.

The contract will be performed by the company's first of two wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs) in a series currently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea. The vessel, to be named Nessie, will be delivered by the shipyard during the fourth quarter of 2024.

Inclusive of mobilisation beginning early in the first quarter of 2025, the engagement will be between 226 and 276 days.

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