Saipem wins Papua New Guinea pipeline contract

Esso Highlands Ltd. has awarded Saipem a contract for the PNG LNG offshore pipeline project EPC2.

Offshore staff

MILAN -- Esso Highlands Ltd. has awarded Saipem a contract for the PNG LNG offshore pipeline project EPC2. The contract covers engineering, transportation, and installation of a 407-km (253-mi) long 34-in. (86-cm) gas sealine connecting the Omati River landfall point to the onshore location where a new LNG plant will be build.

The works also encompasses the shore approach excavation and backfilling at Port Moresby and the trenching and backfilling of a 75-km (46-mi) section of the sealine at the Omati River landfall.

Maximum water depth along the route is approximately 100 m (328 ft). Marine operations will be carried out by Semac 1 offshore vessel. The activities will be completed in 3Q 2012, the company says.

In Vietnam, PTSC Mechanical and Construction has awarded Saipem a contract for the Chim Sao platform and pipelines project.

The contract, assigned in the framework of the development of block 12W by Premier Oil Vietnam Offshore, encompasses the transportation and installation of one wellhead platform and of subsea pipelines, umbilical, and PLEMs, in addition to the detailed engineering for infield pipelines.

The Chim Sao field is located about 300 km (186 mi) off the southern coasts of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in approximately 95 m (312 ft) of water depth.

Marine activities will be carried out mainly by the offshore vesselCastoro 8 and are scheduled for completion in 2Q 2011.

12/09/2009

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