BP appoints McDermott, BHGE for joint Tortue/Ahmeyim FEED studies

March 12, 2018
McDermott International Inc. and Baker Hughes, a GE company will conduct front-end engineering design studies for BP/Kosmos’ Tortue/Ahmeyim gas field development offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – McDermott International Inc. and Baker Hughes, a GE company will conduct front-end engineering design (FEED) studies for BP/KosmosTortue/Ahmeyim gas field development offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

During this initial engineering phase, McDermott will define the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines scope, while BHGE will focus on the subsea production system scope.

Later, the two companies’ involvement could be converted to a lump-sum EPCI contract.

McDermott added that it would work jointly with BHGE to provide an optimized, integrated solution.

Scott Munro, McDermott’s vp Americas, Europe and Africa, said: “Building on our relationship with BP onAngelin [offshore Trinidad and Tobago], McDermott’s focus on modernized project management and a collaborative approach will create a fully inclusive, open and transparent working environment for BP and major partners to ensure success.

“Our integrated approach with BHGE will bring the best total solution to BP that we believe will provide schedule and budget certainty.”

Graham Gillies, vp, Subsea Production Systems and Subsea Services at BHGE, said: “We will be working closely with BP and McDermott on this strategically-important gas project that will benefit from our extensive knowledge of deepwater, large bore gas technologies and FEED capabilities.

“Increasingly, industry players are looking for commercially-innovative business models and integrated offerings that help reduce costs, while increasing efficiency and productivity. This is an excellent example of how the industry has evolved its approach, with global operators now embracing the benefits of early engagement with OEMs and service providers.”

McDermott expects to employ the Project Lifecycle Management module from its new digital platform Gemini XD to deliver advanced technology and development of a digital twin of the complete system.

BHGE’s RealTrack digital collaboration tool will provide live, real-time reporting of schedule progress, document status and issues management to improve the efficiency of the project’s execution.

RealTrack is said to help clients optimize their operations, respond quickly to any emerging issues, and plan for changing requirements as projects evolve.

The two companies’ teams will undertake project management and FEED work at McDermott’s offices in Epsom, near London.

Tortue/Ahmeyim’s initial subsea infrastructure will be designed to connect the first four wells through production pipelines to an FPSO. From there liquids will be removed and the gas transported via a pipeline to the floating LNG hub terminal where the gas will be liquefied.

The development is in the C-8 block offshore Mauritania and the Saint-Louis Profond block offshore Senegal.

Kosmos discovered Tortue, with BP later assuming operatorship and a 60% interest in the project.