Amerada Hess Equatorial Guinea Inc. (AHEGI) contracted with Modec International LLC for the design, engineering, procurement, and construction of the hulls, topsides, mooring, drilling riser, and production riser systems for two TLP for AHEGI's Equatorial Guinea Northern block G development. The development area is 55 km southwest of Bata and 250 km south of Malabo.
The Oveng and Okume/Ebano reservoir areas will be developed using the TLPs. The Oveng TLP will be installed in 280 m (900 ft) of water and is capable of supporting up to 18 top tensioned production and/or water injection risers, a tender-assist drilling unit, and topsides. Hydrocarbons will be routed back to the central process facility. The Okume/Ebano TLP will be installed in 500 m (1,650 ft) of water and is also capable of supporting up to 18 top-tensioned production and/or water injection, with rig and topsides capabilities similar to the Oveng TLP. The installation of the facilities is scheduled for 2Q 2006.
"The award of the third and fourth Modec TLPs builds on the previous success of the innovative Moses design and opens the door to the West African market for Modec. This particular design also offers a step change in our hull concept. These new hull designs have enough free-floating stability to allow the deck to be integrated with the hull in the shipyard. This design eliminates the need for lifting and setting of the deck structure offshore and does so without using expensive temporary stability modules." Ray Koon, vice president of Modec International LLC, says.