TotalEnergies has awarded a significant subsea contract to US-based offshore contractor McDermott International for the Begonia field project offshore Angola.

Under the contract, McDermott will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, supply, construction, installation(EPSCI), pre-commissioning and assistance to commissioning, and start-up for the Begonia Project.

Located in Block 17/06 in water depths between 400m and 750m, the Begonia field will gather hydrocarbons from a reservoir, via a subsea-to-subsea tie-back to the Pazflor floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.

The field is expected to add 30,000 barrels a day to the FPSO, which is already in operation on Block 17.

The scope of the contract includes EPSCI services for subsea umbilicals, and water injection and production flowlines.

Scheduled to start production in late 2024, the field development will comprise three production wells and two water injection wells.

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McDermott plans to use the North Ocean 102 vessel to install the umbilicals, and the Amazon Vessel to install the rigid pipelines.

McDermott subsea and deepwater senior vice-president Mahesh Swaminathan said: “This award leverages our extensive subsea and deepwater expertise and is testament to our customer’s confidence in our newly converted, state-of-the-art Amazon vessel.

“The Begonia Project represents our first subsea project in Angola and supports our strategic focus to grow our footprint in Africa.”

McDermott plans to undertake project management and engineering work from London, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It plans to carry out fabrication work in Angola.

In a press statement, McDermott said: “As part the company’s commitment to long-term growth and investment in Angola, McDermott plans to maximise the use of local suppliers and subcontractors throughout the project and provide training to develop a local workforce.”

According to McDermott, the significant contract will be valued between $250m and $500m.