Baker Hughes, a GE company said it won a major subsea contract from Petrobel for phase two of Egypt’s supergiant Zohr gas field in the Mediterranean Sea.
The project, whose value the company did not disclose, will entail BHGE providing project management, engineering procurement, fabrication, construction, testing and transportation of a subsea production system, including seven manifolds, tie-in systems, long offset subsea and topside control systems, SemStar5 HIPPS (high integrity pressure protection) Systems, workover systems and tools, and will support the installation, commissioning and start-up operations.
Petrobel is a joint venture between IEOC (an Eni subsidiary in Egypt) and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and is in charge of the development of Zohr Field on behalf of PetroSherouk, a joint venture between Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) and IEOC.
“The Zohr gas field is playing a major role in the development of Egypt’s domestic energy resources, revenue generation and economic growth,” said Tarek El-Molla, Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
“We are able to increase the value and efficiency of the sector by driving a sustainable and energy-efficient economy through the ministry’s Modernization Program in partnership with companies such as BHGE.”
Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO, BHGE, said: “This landmark agreement reinforces our commitment to provide competitive offerings for our partners, strengthened by BHGE’s local presence and cutting-edge technology. The Zohr Field is one of the most significant developments of its kind, and through this project we can show the efficiency gains that such complex projects can achieve through our enhanced portfolio. This project has the potential to meet Egypt’s growing gas demand and save the country billions of dollars that would otherwise be spent on importing gas.”
This project draws on the experience of BHGE in large bore, long offset gas fields and incorporates an integrated HIPPS system. For the first time, BHGE will also provide 10 e-EHXT trees, manufactured at its subsea centre in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The trees were designed in collaboration with Eni as part of a standardisation exercise, applying field-proven products and systems gained from previous projects with Eni on a range of successful deep-water projects in Africa. In addition, BHGE will provide wellheads via a separate contract awarded by Petrobel earlier this year.
The steel structures will be manufactured in Alexandria, supporting local employment in Egypt, as well as the UK, Norway and Italy. Project management services will also be supported from Egypt and from the UK.