BP awarded a contract to Babcock International Group for a new floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) system to replace the Schiehallion FPSO and extend the existing subsea system with flow lines and risers, and 14 new wells. The final structure will be completed in 2015.
Pemex awarded McDermott International a turnkey contract valued at USD 230 million for the PB-Litoral-A production platform in the Litoral Tabasco Tsimin-Xux fields in the Gulf of Mexico. McDermott will also perform bridge and piping tie-in, brownfield work on the PB-Litoral-A compression platform, and train Pemex personnel for operation and maintenance.
Petrobras awarded GE Oil and Gas a contract valued at USD 500 million to supply turbomachinery equipment and services for four new FPSO units. GE will equip FPSOs P-74, P-75, P-76, and P-77 with gas turbines and generators in the Cessão Onerosa region of the Santos Basin pre-salt fields offshore São Paulo. The contract also provides for technical assistance for installation, startup, repair, and dedicated field service and training.
Chevron awarded a contract to Acteon subsidiary Pulse Structural Monitoring to provide integrated monitoring on the Big Foot extended tension leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Pulse will use a product line of modular sensing instrumentation tools for integrated real-time data processing and transmittal to shore.
The government of Iraq approved a USD-879-million service contract with Samsung Engineering for the development of the Badra oil field. Russia’s Gazprom Neft (40%), South Korea Gas (30%), Malaysia’s Petronas (20%), and Turkish Petroleum (10%) will develop the field near the Iran border. Samsung will design and build the second phase of a central processing facility for oil production from the field, from which initial production is expected to be 15,000 B/D.
China’s CIMC Raffles awarded turnkey construction contracts worth USD 1.3 billion to Frigstad Deepwater for two ultradeepwater semisubmersible drilling units, with options for four additional rigs. The semisubmersibles are seventh-generation, D90 models capable of drilling in water depths of up to 12,000 ft and total depth of 50,000 ft.
Plains Exploration and Production farmed in to Pura Vida Energy’s 75% interest in the 2.7-million-acre Mazagan permit area offshore Morocco. Plains is paying USD 15 million for a 52% operating interest in exchange for funding 100% of specified exploration activities up to USD 215 million. The permit is in the Essaouira Basin and includes the Middle Miocene and Lower Cretaceous prospects, comprising estimated gross unrisked mean prospective recoverable resources of 7 billion bbl.
BHP Billiton Petroleum awarded a 5-year, USD-52-million contract to Mermaid Marine Australia for offshore marine support to its floating operations off the northwest coast of Western Australia.
Maersk Oil UK awarded a 3-year, USD‑4.8-million contract to Intertek for offshore chemists and onshore laboratory analysis support. Job scope includes sample gathering and testing to monitor process systems and chemical injection for Maersk’s North Sea operations.