Luxembourg – Elf Exploration UK has awarded Subsea 7 a $185-million SURF (subsea umbilical, riser, flowline) contract for the West Franklin Phase 2 development in the UK central graben area of the North Sea.
The contract scope includes engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation, and commissioning of the sealine package.
This comprises a 6.2-km (3.8-mi) pipeline bundle incorporating two insulated pipe-in-pipe production pipelines that will connect the new West Franklin A and Elgin B platforms. According to Subsea 7, it will also be the largest diameter bundle produced and installed to date.
A 6.6-km (4-mi) umbilical will be laid and trenched next to the bundle.
Offshore operations should start in summer 2013.