Havfram scores contract for BP’s Tortue FPSO

Norway’s Havfram said it has won a contract to work on BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim FLNG project off Mauritania and Senegal.

Technip Energies has awarded Havfram the contract for the pre-installation and subsequent hook-up of the subsea mooring system for the project’s FPSO.

Under the deal, Havfram said it would utilise its in-house expertise to project manage, engineer, transport but also install some of the largest-ever driven piles and corresponding mooring lines.

Havfram would later return to hook-up the pre-installed mooring system to the FPSO on its arrival in the field. The FPSO will sit 35km from shore in about 120m water depth.

The Norwegian firm did not provide the price tag of the contract.

First gas expected in 2023

TechnipFMC, now split into two independent companies, won the EPCIC contract worth up to $1 billion back in 2019.

The FPSO is under construction at COSCO Shipping’s Qidong yard in China. The most recent milestone included launching the unit, Technip Energies said in a recent update.

The Tortue/Ahmeyim gas field, located offshore on the border between Mauritania and Senegal, has about 15 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to BP.

The FPSO will process the gas, removing heavier hydrocarbon components, prior to delivering it to a floating LNG provider which will sit nearshore a hub.

Singapore’s Keppel shipyard is currently converting Golar’s Gimi FLNG for the project. BP and Golar agreed on a one-year delay for the unit last year due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The yard should deliver the FLNG in 2023 as BP expects first gas from the project in the first half of the same year.

Once deployed offshore Mauritania and Senegal, it would provide about 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum on average.

Besides operator BP and partner Kosmos Energy, the project includes national oil companies Petrosen and SMHPM.

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