NORWICH, UK – DeNovo Energy has awarded Aquaterra Energy a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a second Sea Swift minimal facility platform off the west coast of Trinidad and Tobago.
Previously Aquaterra designed, built, and installed a Sea Swift conductor supported platform (CSP) for DeNovo’s Iguana gas field in 2018, completing delivery within 10 months. The facility has since produced on average of 80 MMcf/d, with uptime so far this year of 100%.
For the new project Aquaterra will modify the Iguana platform, conduct a review of the pipeline infrastructure, and design a new single well-CSP for use on the Zandolie gas field in 20 m (65.6 ft) water depth. The FEED should be completed this summer.
The new platform will probably be lighter and smaller and will be engineered for drilling and installation via a jackup rig, in order to keep down costs. DeNovo will look to maximize fabrication in-country.
Stewart Maxwell, Aquaterra’s technical director, said: “It’s extremely encouraging to still see projects such as this moving ahead in the current, low oil price climate.
“If an operator is considering a new platform installation, now is the time to progress. Even with this market uncertainty, overall project costs have been reduced, which should be a factor in any decision.”
Sea Swift’s design is said to reduce the steel requirement and to allow use of available infrastructure and fabrication facilities to keep initial capex relatively low.