Technip received instructions from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to begin the engineering, construction and transport of a 23,000-ton Truss Spar hull for their Heidelberg field development. This field is located in the US Gulf of Mexico, at a water depth of 1,620 meters (5,310 feet).
The Letter of Intent allows Technip to begin construction work on the project and other early works including purchase of long-lead items for the hull and start of fabrication, in advance of the expected project sanctioning around mid-2013, after which it will enter into Technip’s backlog.
The Heidelberg Spar will have a capacity of more than 80,000 barrels of oil and 2.3 million cubic meters of natural gas per day.
Technip’s operating center in Houston, Texas will provide the overall project management and engineering. The detailed hull design and fabrication will be carried out by Technip’s construction yard in Pori, Finland where most of Technip’s Spar projects have been manufactured.
David Dickson, Technip’s Senior Vice President, North America Region, has declared: “Technip is really proud to have received this Letter of Intent. Not only does it strengthen our long-lasting relationship with Anadarko but it also confirms its continuous trust in the Group’s extensive know-how and expertise in Spar technology. After Lucius, awarded last year and currently being built in our yard in Pori, Heidelberg will be the 8th Spar delivered by Technip to Anadarko.”
The Heidelberg Spar will be the 17th delivered by Technip (out of 20 worldwide) and thus demonstrates the Group’s leadership for this kind of floating platform and ability to tackle ultra-deepwater developments. It also confirms Pori’s track record expertise and great capabilities to deliver state-of-the-art platforms.
Located in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico on Keathley Canyon Blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919 (Lease OCS-G-21444) in a water depth of 7,126 feet (2,172 meters) is the Lucius oil and gas field. Acquired by Anadarko, formerly Kerr-McGee, at the Western GOM Lease Sale No. 174 in 2005, the company holds a 35% interest in the field. Co-owners in the discovery include Plains Exploration & Production PEP 23.33%; Anadarko 35%; ExxonMobil 15%; Petrobras 9.6%; and Eni 5.4%
A discovery was made at the Lucius prospect in December 2009. The discovery well encountered more than 200 feet (61 meters) of net pay in subsalt Pliocene and Miocene sands. Lucius was drilled to a total depth of about 20,000 feet (610 meters) by the ENSCO 8500 semisub.
A sidetrack appraisal well was then drilled in January 2010, encountering almost 600 net feet (183 meters) of high quality oil pay with additional gas-condensate pay in thick subsalt sands. Drilled as an up-dip sidetrack roughly 3,200 feet (975 meters) south of the discovery well, the appraisal well reached a total depth of 20,600 feet (6,279 meters) in 7,100 feet (2,165 meters) of water.
Anadarko sanctioned the development on Dec. 15, 2011. The development plan calls for six producing wells connecting to a truss spar with a production capacity of 80,000 bopd and 450 MMcf/d of natural gas.
The spar is currently being constructed at Technip’s facility in Pori, Finland. Drilling will begin in 2012 with first production slated for 2014.
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