Liza JV partner China’s CNOOC in tender for Liuhua subsea facilities

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Chinese operator CNOOC Ltd, a joint venture partner together with ExxonMobil and Hess in the Liza field offshore Guyana, has launched tenders for the installation of subsea facilities for its Liuhua oil complex in the Pearl River Mouth basin in the South China Sea.

CNOOC is hoping to commence production at this location in 2020, the same timeline as its joint venture project in Guyana.

The Chinese corporation said that the ongoing tenders cover packages for the subsea production system, flexible pipes and umbilicals to be used in the development of the Liuhua fields, which are located some 240 kilometers north of Hong Kong. The facilities will be installed to a depth of approximately 400 meters.

The tender was issued to TechnipFMC, Norway’s Aker Solutions, Baker Hughes (BHGE) of the US and Schlumberger-owned OneSubsea among others. The subsea apparatus will be linked to a new floating production, storage and offloading vessel with capacity of 50,000 barrels per day, about half of what is estimated for Guyana’s Liza field phase 1.