Subsea 7 Inc, one of the world's leading subsea engineering and construction companies, confirmed that the announcement made on July 6th 2009 for a pipeline engineering, construction and installation contract in Angola, offshore west Africa is for a gas export pipeline (GEL) project for BP. The contract is valued in excess of US $150 million.
The Subsea 7 workscope is to engineer, construct and install a 74 km 12" gas pipeline from Block 18 to a gas delivery pipeline in Block 3. In addition, Subsea 7 will perform the tie-in of the pipelines, including installing three client supplied subsea manifold systems and a 1000m umbilical before carrying out the final commissioning of the completed gas export system.
The engineering work will commence immediately, followed by the fabrication of the rigid pipeline at Subsea 7's Luanda spoolbase in 2010. The offshore phase will commence in 2010 and complete in 2011, using Subsea 7 pipelay and construction vessels.
Graham Sharland, Subsea 7's Chief Operating Officer - Africa Region stated, "I am delighted that BP has chosen Subsea 7 to perform this scope of work for them. This award further strengthens our relationship with BP in the Africa region and highlights our capabilities in delivering projects efficiently, safely and on time, reinforcing our position as the Subsea Partner of Choice. Above all it allows Subsea 7 to strengthen its presence in Angola and increase the number of local Angolans in our workforce."
The Greater Plutonio Development is located within Block 18, approximately 125 km off the coast of Angola in water depths ranging from 171m to 1325m. It has been operational since 2007.