TechnipFMC wins Gorgon subsea contract, helps Shell start up Kaikias ahead of schedule
Chevron Australia has contracted TechnipFMC for subsea installations for the Gorgon Stage Two development offshore Western Australia.
The scope covers project management and engineering, transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of umbilicals, flying leads and manifolds, and fabrication, transportation, installation, and testing of rigid spools.
TechnipFMC will use its local teams and various installation vessels for the offshore campaign.
Other partners in Gorgon are ExxonMobil, Shell, Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas, and JERA. Phase 2 involves upgrading existing subsea facilities to ensure production is maintained for future gas supply.
TechnipFMC has also helped Shell bring onstream theKaikias development in the US Gulf of Mexico a year ahead of schedule.
The contractor’s CEO Doug Pferdehirt said this was the industry’s first full-cycle, integrated EPCI (iEPCI) subsea project.
“Our collaborative early engagement significantly simplified field architecture,” he said, “further enabled by innovativeSubsea 2.0 technology.
“The single company project team delivered a fasttrack installation…With these outstanding results, our partner Shell believes Kaikias is the most competitive project in the US Gulf of Mexico.”
Kaikias is a good example of the emerging trend toward subsea project integration and adoption of next generation technology, he added.
“This approach represents a significant departure from ‘business as usual’ where distinct project scopes are bid independently; TechnipFMC is driving this new business model forward.
“We are demonstrating to the industry that savings in both cost and time increase as project integration moves higher. These savings increase substantially when combined with early engagement, integrated FEED (iFEED), and the use of new technologies.”