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    Nexans bags contract off West Africa


The company will manufacture umbilicals and ancillary hardware at the GTA gas project.

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Nexans bags contract off West Africa

France’s Nexans has netted a sub-contract from US McDermott Marine Construction for work at the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) LNG project off Mauritania and Senegal.

The company will provide management, procurement, manufacturing and testing services for umbilicals and ancillary hardware at the Tortue field, it said in a statement on August 28. Electrical cables and fibre optics will be put together at Nexans’ plant in Halden, Norway, with delivery scheduled for 2021.

“The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim contract is of strategic importance to Nexans in maintaining a market position in the West African region as well as being a part of a new, ultra-deepwater gas development,” Nexans vice president for subsea and land systems, Vincent Dessale, said. “It highlights our continuous drive to develop competitive solutions for complex field developments.”

The Tortue field lies 120 km off the coast in waters 2,850 metres deep and is set to have a four-well subsea system. This will be connected to a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit 70 km away. The unit will pre-treat the gas before exporting it to a nearshore hub, where it will be converted into LNG and loaded onto carriers.

McDermott was awarded a construction contract for GTA's subsea infrastructure in March, valuing the deal at $500-750mn. Baker Hughes is provided its subsea production system.

The operators of GTA, BP and Texas-based Kosmos Energy, aim to invest $17bn in exploiting 15 trillion ft3 of gas, with production slated to start in the first half of 2022.