Fugro-UDI & Partners To Provide Support to Offshore Egyptian

Fugro-UDI in partnership with SAPESCO (Sahara Petroleum Service Company) and Sonsub has been awarded the US $20 million contract to provide long term "health care" services to the Scarab and Saffron gasfields off Egypt. The contract was awarded by the Burullus Gas Company, Egypt, and is for two years with a further one-year option.

Fugro-UDI/SAPESCO and Sonsub will provide a dedicated vessel, based in Egypt, which will be equipped with an emergency intervention package capable of controlling the gasfields if the main flow umbilicals become damaged or otherwise non-operational. The vessel will also play a major role in planned maintenance and annual inspections.

The intervention vessel is Skandi Bergen, a 75m, 13,000bhp anchor handler operated by District Offshore Management AS, Norway, and now being upgraded to DP Class 2 with a helideck and 30t crane. The vessel will be fitted with a MRV work class ROV.

The contractors have undertaken to maximize the participation of Egyptian personnel and will train indigenous personnel to North Sea standards in specific areas of the work.

The Scarab and Saffron natural gas fields are 90km from the Nile Delta shoreline in depths of 250-850m with estimated reserves of 4tcf. The development is the first deepwater venture of its type in the Eastern Mediterranean. Its initial phase includes eight subsea wells tied back to two manifolds with 20in. and 22in. export lines to shore, near Alexandria. Future development could see up to 20 wells and associated manifolds.