ABB Wins US$ 180 Million Subsea Contract Off Nigerian Coast

ABB says it has won a US$ 180 million order to deliver the subsea production system for the Bonga development project currently underway 120 kilometers offshore Nigeria in West Africa. ABB says it won the contract from Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), operator of the field on behalf of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), who is the license holder. The equipment will be installed in a water depth of up to 1,200 meters.

Under the terms of the contract, ABB is responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of all of the subsea equipment required for the Bonga field development, including production control umbilicals and gas lift risers. As part of the contract, ABB will supply 29 conventional subsea trees and associated hardware to facilitate oil production from, and water injection into, the reservoir. The first subsea equipment delivery will be 15 months from now. Equipment delivery will continue until mid 2009. ABB is also constructing a new US$ 2 million subsea operations base in the Onne free port in Nigeria as part of the project.

The workscope encompasses project management, engineering, and the supply of manifolds, trees, wellheads, controls, connection systems, intervention equipment, integration testing and installation support.

"This is one more critical step in maintaining ABB’s market leading position in West Africa, and clearly demonstrates our commitment in the area," says Gorm Gundersen, executive vice-president and head of ABB’s Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals division. “This project is a great opportunity to showcase some of our most innovative and robust technology. As oil and gas companies go deeper and deeper into hostile environments, they need technologies and systems that are robust and reliable and that can withstand the higher pressure and temperature conditions. ABB is uniquely positioned to meet this need.”

The Bonga Subsea Production System will be tied back to a 300,000 dead weight ton (DWT) floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) spread moored nearby.