Saudi Aramco has awarded a major contract to McDermott International for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services in the Safaniya onshore and offshore field off Saudi Arabia.
The contract, which McDermott defines as ranging between US$750 million and US$1,500 million, includes design, fabrication, installation and pre-commissioning of nine slipover jackets, 10 production deck modules, an electrical distribution platform and associated cables and pipelines.
The combined weight of the structures will exceed 20,000 tonnes, with the pipelines totalling more than 26 kilometres and cables totalling 22 kilometres.
About 201 kilometres north of Dhahran in the Arabian Gulf, the Safaniya oil field is currently the world’s largest offshore oil field by production.
This brownfield project is the next phase of a campaign to replace ageing facilities with electrified platforms to enhance the field’s production. Work is expected to begin immediately.
McDermott has committed to a nine-initiative plan to increase its contribution to the country’s localisation efforts and aid Saudi Aramco in meeting its 2021 objectives.
McDermott plans to use its engineering and procurement teams in Dubai, Chennai and Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
Construction is expected to take place at McDermott’s facilities in Dammam, Saudi Arabia and Jebel Ali, Dubai.
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