Chevron Awards Gorgon Subsea Contract
Chevron Australia has awarded TechnipFMC a subsea installation contract for the Gorgon Stage Two development offshore Western Australia, TechnipFMC reported Thursday.
“We are pleased TechnipFMC has been selected for this significant contract,” Hallvard Hasselknippe, president of TechnipFMC’s Subsea unit, said in a company statement. “We value our long-term, collaborative relationship and are committed to bring the best assets and our solid experience in project execution, fabrication and installation to the field.”
According to TechnipFMC, the contract covers:
- Project management and engineering
- Transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of umbilicals, flying leads and manifolds
- Fabrication, transportation, installation and testing of rigid spools
TechnipFMC also noted that the offshore campaign will take advantage of local capabilities as well as the company’s global pipelay fleet. The subsea installation will take place in water depths ranging from 250 to 1,340 meters, the company added.
TechnipFMC’s announcement comes several weeks after Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) reported that it had received a contract from Chevron to supply subsea production system equipment for Gorgon Stage Two. In order to maintain long-term natural gas supply to the Gorgon LNG export facility and a domestic gas plant on Barrow Island, Chevron and its Gorgon project partners are expanding the subsea gas gathering network in the Greater Gorgon area offshore northwestern Australia.
Having shipped its first LNG cargo in March 2016, the Gorgon project boasts three liquefaction trains designed to produce 15.6 million metric tons per year of LNG, according to Chevron’s website. In addition, the company states that Gorgon’s total natural gas production capacity amounts to roughly 2.6 billion cubic feet of gas and 20,000 barrels of condensate per day.
Chevron Australia operates Gorgon and holds a 46.3-percent interest in the project, whose scale the company has stated is unprecedented in the history of single-resource developments in Australia’s history. Other partners in the Gorgon joint venture include ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent, Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and JERA (0.417 percent).
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