ExxonMobil Guyana Tier 1 contractor Saipem has been awarded new contracts in Offshore Drilling involving the sixth-generation semi-submersible rig Scarabeo 8, suitable for harsh environments. Drilling activities will take place offshore Norway, and will last approximately 10 months, excluding options.
The first contract refers to the award by A/S Norske Shell of an optional well in relation to the contract previously assigned and announced last December.
Saipem said the second contract has been awarded by Total E&P Norge A/S for the drilling of one well in direct continuity with the completion of the operations conducted for A/S Norske Shell.
Both of these contracts fall within the first quarter 2018 acquisitions.
An additional contract was also finalized with Aker BP for the drilling of 4 wells plus 2 optional. Operations are expected to commence within the end of the fourth quarter of 2018, following completion of operations for Total E&P Norge A/S.
In the offshore E&C sector, Saipem has been awarded a project by ConocoPhillips Ltd for decommissioning in the UK sector of the North Sea.
Finally, Saipem has also been awarded a new project in the Arabian Gulf. Works involve engineering, construction, offshore installation and commissioning of a new crude transmission line. The contract has been awarded by Aramco Gulf Operations Company Limited (AGOC) and Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (K.S.C) (KGOC), jointly operating as Al Khafji Joint Operations (KJO).
Stefano Cao, Saipem CEO, said, “The new contracts in offshore drilling confirm the strategy of the company in this segment, aimed at consolidating relationships, including with new customers, while awaiting a further recovery of this market. Moreover, through the new awards in offshore E&C, Saipem is further reinforcing its presence and solid expertise in a strategic business such as decommissioning.”
Saipem has been awarded an Engineering, Procuring, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract for the Subsea Umbilicals Risers Flowlines (SURF) package for the Liza Phase 1 development offshore Guyana. Saipem’s contract also includes transportation and installation of umbilicals, manifolds, and associated foundations for the production, and water and gas injection systems. It is expected that the execution of the works will begin in 2019.