Contract for front-end engineering design of 20,000-tonne substructure for offshore drilling
Montreal—Canadian construction giant SNC-Lavalin has won a contract from Statoil ASA for the front-end engineering design (FEED) for a massive offshore substructure in the North Sea.
The firm will carry out the FEED for an approximately 20,000-tonne substructure that will make up part of the Bressay offshore development in the U.K. waters of the North Sea, between the British Isles and Scandinavia.
According to SNC-Lavalin executive vice-president Andy Mackintosh, the contract follows the company’s completion of the Mariner Jacket FEED.
The jacket will be located at a water depth of approximately 92-metres, and will support operations for up to 50 wells, which will feed a large production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) topside facility.
Bressay’s heavy oil will be exported to a nearby floating storage unit before being shipped to market by shuttle tanker.
Statoil expects a final investment decision in late 2013 and first oil by early 2018.
The participating interests in Bressay Licences are Statoil (Operator), at an 81.625 per cent share, and Shell U.K. Ltd., at 18.375 per cent.
Terms of the contract were not immediately available.