Umbilicals

Norway-based oil services company Aker Solutions has secured a contract worth more than Nkr1bn ($122m) to provide umbilical systems for Petrobel’s Zohr gas field in the Egyptian part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Under the agreement, Aker will deliver 180km of steel tube umbilicals that will connect the subsea development to an offshore control platform.

The umbilicals system is planned to be delivered by mid-April next year.

Petrobel is a joint venture between The Egyptian General Petroleum (EGPC) and Italy’s Eni, is responsible for the development and operations at the Zohr field.

Aker Solutions CEO Luis Araujo said: "Aker Solutions is building on its previous experience offshore Egypt to now deliver its largest-ever umbilicals project.

"We are very pleased to support Petrobel and Egypt on this important development."

"Aker Solutions is building on its previous experience offshore Egypt to now deliver its largest-ever umbilicals project."

The company’s subsea division in Oslo is responsible for the work, while manufacturing will begin with immediate effect at the umbilicals plant in Moss, Norway.

Aker has invested substantially in the Moss facility, with more than 20 years’ experience in making complex umbilical systems.

Data, power and liquids between oil and gas installations can be transported on the seafloor and facilities onshore or on platforms using these systems.

Zohr is located in the Shorouk concession which has an area of 3,765km² and was won by Eni in 2013.

Estimated to lie in an area of 100km², the field is located at a depth of 1,450m and was discovered last year by Eni.


Image: Aker will deliver 180km of steel tube umbilicals that will connect the subsea development to an offshore control platform. Photo: courtesy Aker Solutions.