McDermott bags EPSCI contract from TotalEnergies for Angola project

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TotalEnergies has contracted McDermott for engineering, procurement, supply, construction, installation (EPSCI), pre-commissioning, and assistance to commission and start up its Begonia Project offshore Angola, the latter said on Tuesday.

The Begonia field is located in water depths between 400 and 750 meters (m) in Angola’s Block 17/06.

The project will collect hydrocarbons from a reservoir, via a subsea-to-subsea tie-back to an existing floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) unit, called Pazflor.

McDermott will provide all EPSCI services for subsea umbilicals, water injection and production flowlines. McDermott said there are three production wells in total which are gathered through a multiphase production flowline, approximately 12 miles (20 kilometres) in length. The two water injection wells are connected back to an existing riser.

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McDermott will utilise its diversified fleet of specialty marine construction vessels: The North Ocean 102 will install the umbilicals, and the Amazon will install the rigid pipelines using its world-class J-lay pipeline system and advanced technology.

“This award leverages our extensive subsea and deepwater expertise and is a testament to our customer’s confidence in our newly converted, state-of-the-art Amazon vessel,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, Senior Vice President, Subsea and Deepwater for McDermott. “The Begonia Project represents our first subsea project in Angola and supports our strategic focus to grow our footprint in Africa.”

After commissioning, expected in late 2024, Begonia will add 30,000 barrels a day to the FPSO’s production.

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McDermott said it plans to maximise the use of local suppliers and subcontractors throughout the project and provide training to develop a local workforce.

Project management and engineering will be executed from McDermott’s teams in London and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The fabrication will be executed locally in Angola, West Africa.

The contract is valued between US$250 million and US$500 million.

McDermott is involved in Guyana’s Yellowtail project. The turnkey phase of the project for the ONE Guyana floating production vessel will be handled by a special purpose company established by SBM Offshore and McDermott, in which the latter has 30% equity ownership.

TotalEnergies currently has a 35% working interest in Guyana’s offshore Canje block alongside JHI Associates, Inc. (17.5%), Mid-Atlantic Oil & Gas, Inc. (12.5%), and operator ExxonMobil (35%). It is also in a joint venture with Qatar Petroleum called TOQAP, which has a 25% stake in the Kanuku Block and a 25% stake in the Orinduik Block.


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