(US, GoM) - INTEC Engineering confirms it was awarded a contract from Chevron to perform subsea engineering services for the Blind Faith project, situated in approximately 7,000 ft of water.
"The Blind Faith development brings together three critical issues, all of which are on the envelope of offshore technology: high-pressure, high-temperature and very deepwater, said Ron Ledbetter, INTEC project manager.
The project team, he adds, is designing subsea equipment to accommodate pressures up to 15,000 psi and temperatures as high as 300°F to facilitate safe development. INTEC is supporting the project throughout the manufacturing, construction and installation phases.
The Blind Faith project calls for development through a semisubmersible production facility, with first production slated for 1Q 2008 from three initial production wells. The subsea system is designed for two additional wells, with the host facility configured to accept additional tie backs.
Field development components include 7-in. dual production flowlines, extending 4.5 mi to the host facility. The three start-up wells are configured in a cluster arrangement and will produce through a single four-slot subsea production manifold. The manifold will commingle the well flow from the individual trees into the two production flowlines. The system design also provides for optional future gas-lift.
As part of the execution phase of the project, INTEC is assisting Chevron in bid review and subsea contract awards. To date, Chevron has awarded contracts to FMC for supply of the subsea systems and equipment and to Aker Kvaerner Subsea for supply of the production umbilical.
Additional contracts to be let in 2006 include installation contracts for the umbilical, subsea systems and equipment, flowline and risers.