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    BP Tortue Job Goes to McDermott, BHGE


The contract will see the two US contractors working together on two related parts of the BP-led project, ahead of a substantial EPCI award.

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BP Tortue Job Goes to McDermott, BHGE

US McDermott and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) have announced they have been selected to provide front-end engineering design (Feed) studies for BP's Tortue/Ahmeyim field in advance of a substantial ($500mn-$750mn) engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract, McDermott said March 12. The two engineering companies said they would work together, which would save time and money.

The initial subsea infrastructure connects the first four wells consolidated through production pipelines leading to a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel. From there, liquids are removed and the export gas is transported via a pipeline to the floating liquefaction (FLNG) hub terminal.

During this initial engineering phase, McDermott will work on defining the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (Surf) scope for the field that straddles the Senegal/Mauritania border, while BHGE will focus on the subsea production system (SPS) scope. The Feed is scheduled to begin and complete this year. The agreement contains a mechanism to allow transition of the contract to a lump sum EPCI contract at a later date. 

“Building on our relationship with BP on Angelin, McDermott’s focus on modernised project management and a collaborative approach will create a fully inclusive, open and transparent working environment for BP and major partners to ensure success. Our integrated approach with BHGE will bring the best total solution to BP that we believe will provide schedule and budget certainty,” said McDermott.

Following the Angelin contract last year, BP awarded McDermott another contract earlier this month for unmanned platform work in Trinidad & Tobago.

BHGE said the strategically-important gas project would benefit from its "extensive knowledge of deep water, large bore gas technologies and Feed capabilities.... This is an excellent example of how the industry has evolved its approach, with global operators now embracing the benefits of early engagement with OEMs and service providers.”

The Tortue/Ahmeyim Field Development is in the C-8 block off the shore of Mauritania and the Saint-Louis Profond block offshore Senegal. The Tortue discovery was made by Kosmos Energy, which farmed down its investment to BP in December 2016. BP now has the largest interest, with roughly 60% equity, among the four partners in the consortium and is the LNG project's operator. Kosmos Energy continues to lead oil and gas exploration efforts on behalf of the partnership.