Technip Lands Mediterranean Sea Contract

Map courtesy of U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Technip has been awarded a US$500 million contract to develop the Bahr Essalam Field, Phase II development in the Central Mediterranean Sea.

This natural gas field development is operated by Mellitah Oil & Gas B.V. Libyan Branch, a consortium between National Oil Corporation and ENI North Africa. It will be tied back to the Sabratha Platform, which is situated approximately 68 miles (110 km) off the Libyan coast in a water depth of approximately 623 ft. (190 m).

Exploration activities in the Bahr Essalam Field began in 1977. The development plan calls for two phases. Phase I consisted of drilling 26 wells which were put into production in September 2005. Phase II, now in the development phase, consists of drilling 10 wells.

The gas and condensate are produced from 15 platform wells and 11 subsea wells divided in two clusters located 12 and 15 miles (20 and 25 km) away from Sabratha Platform. The total production capacity is 600 MMscfd (17 MMm3/d) of sales gas and 30,000 bbl/d of condensate.

The production from the subsea and platform wells is treated on Sabratha Platform for separation and dehydration. The condensate is pumped through a 10-inch (254 mm) pipeline to Mellitah plant for further treatment and export. The gas is transported through a 36-inch (914 mm) pipeline to Mellitah plant for final treatment and onward transmission to the local market and export to Italy through the Green Stream compression station and 335-mile (540 km) sea line.

Technip will perform the overall design, detailed engineering, and deliver the project management, as well as procurement, installation, tie-ins, pre-commissioning, and commissioning. This will be associated with the provision of a gas gathering system, comprised of production pipelines, subsea isolation valve (SSIV), umbilicals, as well as extensive diving and installation campaigns. It will also include modifications to the Sabratha Platform regarding the topsides.

The Sabratha Platform, considered to be one of the biggest Libyan Offshore Oil and Gas facilities, consists of all of the facilities required for preliminary separation and treatment of the gas produced from Bahr Essalm field.

All offshore mobilizations will be undertaken from Malta. Offshore installation is scheduled for the second half of 2017 through to the second half of 2018.