A major offshore transport and installation contract for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz field was given to the BOS Shelf LLC, Saipem Contracting Netherlands B.V. and Star Gulf FZCO consortium.
The field is located 90 km offshore Azerbaijan, in water depths from 75 m to 550 m. The contract details the range of works that must be carried out, which include the transportation and installation of jackets, topsides and subsea production systems and subsea structures, the laying of over 360 km pipelines, diving support services and the upgrade of the Pipelay Barge Israfil Huseinov (PLBH), Dive Support Vessel Tofiq Ismailov (DSV) and Derrick Barge Azerbaijan (DBA) installation vessels. The works are expected to end by 2017.
Mr Gordon Birrell, BP’s Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, commented: “This is a huge contract award and it marks a major milestone for this historic project. This is the 13th major contract since the final investment decision. In total some $7 billion worth of supply and service work will be mainly performed within Azerbaijan.
“We are pleased that both Stage 2 and SCPX projects are making very good progress across all areas of this giant gas development and export project. They are moving forward at pace and activities have already commenced at all fabrication and construction sites near Baku. All these tremendous efforts and activities underpin our plans to begin first gas exports in late 2018.”
Last month $378 million contract by Shah Deniz with Baku Shipyard to design and build a subsea construction vessel (SCV). The vessel will be used for the Stage 2 project subsea installation activities for about a decade, between 2017 and 2027.
Keppel Offshore & Marine’s ship design and development arm, Marine Technology Development, will design the CSV, which will include dynamic positioning to allow works to be carried out even in 2.5 metre wave height (Hs), a 750 metric tonne main crane for 600m subsea operation, an 18-man two - bell diving system, two work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), a strengthened moon pool, two engine rooms with 6x4.4MW + 2x3.2MW engines and a deadweight of 5,000 metric tonnes at 6.5 metres draft.
It is expected that the vessel will be delivered by mid - 2017.
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