U.S.-based contractor McDermott has clinched a contract to spearhead engineering and construction efforts at the Manatee gas field project in Trinidad and Tobago, a venture initiated by Shell.
This latest development follows McDermott being granted a limited notice to proceed with the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) of infrastructure at the Manatee field. The scope of work includes the design, procurement, fabrication, transportation, installation, and commissioning of a wellhead platform alongside offshore and onshore gas pipelines.
This contract award marks the second win for McDermott, building upon their earlier feat in securing a contract for the gas field’s front-end engineering design announced in March.
“It is a testament to McDermott’s integrated EPCI capabilities built over the last 100 years around the world including many successful projects in Trinidad and Tobago. We will again deliver for Shell, building on a partnership marked by trust, collaboration, and shared success, to execute this important project,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, subsea and floating facilities.
The Manatee field, designated as a conventional gas development, holds immense significance as its anticipated commissioning will serve both domestic and export markets within TT. Shell, had previously secured necessary financing for this project, as confirmed by the TT government in September.
Trinidad has experienced production levels below capacity for a while. Consequently, the country has actively sought to stimulate exploration and development of new gas fields.
The Manatee field, forming part of the cross-border Loran-Manatee discovery shared between Trinidad and Venezuela, boasts a substantial reserve of approximately 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Venezuela’s portion accounts for 7.3 trillion cubic feet, while Trinidad’s share amounts to 2.7 trillion cubic feet.