Umbilicals

French firm Nexans has been selected by BP and its partner DEA to deliver static umbilicals for Egypt’s West Nile Delta Taurus Libra subsea project.

The delivery of 48km of umbilicals forms a vital part of the Taurus Libra development, which is tied-in to existing Burullus facilities that are operated by BG Group.

Nexans Norway hybrid underwater cables division executive vice-president Krister Granlie said: "This contract forms part of the ten-year frame agreement Nexans concluded with BP to supply umbilical cables, DEH systems, accessories and services for various deepwater oil and gas projects across the globe.

"It represents further recognition of Nexans as a key player in the umbilical market and builds on a long relationship between BP and Nexans for the deliveries of umbilicals."

Nexans’s specialised subsea cable and umbilical facilities located in Halden and Rognan, Norway will design, engineer and manufacture electrical and fibre optic cables as well as hydraulic and chemical lines that form part of the umbilicals.

"This contract forms part of the ten-year frame agreement Nexans concluded with BP to supply umbilical cables, DEH systems, accessories and services for various deepwater oil and gas projects across the globe."

Nexans will also deliver accessories for the West Nile Delta Taurus Libra subsea project.

The delivery of static umbilicals is expected to take place in May 2016.

As part of the project, development of gas and condensate fields located within the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater concessions in the Mediterranean Sea, 65km to 85km off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, will take place.

Discovered in 2000-01, the Taurus Libra development is part of the first development phase of the West Nile Delta fields.

BP and DEA signed final agreements in March 2015 for the project with the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum, the Egyptian General Petroleum and the Egyptian Natural Gas.

For the project’s first phase, the companies plan to invest $12bn.


Image: The umbilicals comprise electrical and fibre optic cables as well as hydraulic and chemical lines. Photo: courtesy of Nexans.