Friday, 13 May 2011

Saipem has been awarded new offshore pipeline engineering and construction contracts in China and Brazil.

In China, Husky Oil China has awarded Saipem a contract for the Liwan 3-1 Field – Deepwater, which is located in Block 29/26, approximately 300 km south of Hong Kong in water depths of 1,500 m. It represents the first offshore field developed in deep water in the South China Sea.

The scope of work includes the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of two 79 km, 22 inch diameter pipelines and umbilicals, as well as the transport and installation of a subsea production system linking the wellheads to a processing platform.

In Brazil, Petrobras has awarded Saipem a contract for the Guara and Lula-Northeast gas export pipelines in the Santos Basin, approximately 260 km off the coasts of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, in water depths of between 2,100 and 2,200 m.

The contract encompasses the transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of two export sealines, as well as the engineering, procurement and construction of related subsea equipment.

The 54 km, 18 inch diameter first line will connect the Guara floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to a subsea gathering manifold in the Lula field. The 22 km, 18 inch diameter second line will connect the Lula-Northeast FPSO to the same manifold in the Lula field.

The offshore activities for both the contracts will be performed mainly by the newly-built and highly specialised Saipem FDS 2 vessel in different periods between 2012 and 2013.