Subsea 7, a Norway-based seabed-to-surface engineering and construction contractor, has been awarded two engineering and installation contracts for the Cardamom and West Boreas Projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

The contracts have been secured from the oil major, Shell. Subsea 7’s scope of work on the West Boreas project includes the installation of a 6,096m long umbilical, as well as subsea distribution hardware for the field.

Installation will occur in water depths up to 959m in the Mississippi Canyon block area.

The company will also install a 9,266m long umbilical plus subsea distribution hardware for the field. Installation for the Cardamom project will occur in depths of up to 914m in the Garden Banks block area.

The project management and engineering for Shell’s projects will take place from Subsea 7’s Houston office. Subsea 7’s construction vessel, the Skandi Neptune, will be used on both projects.

Subsea 7’s vice president for the Gulf of Mexico Ian Cobban said the company is very pleased to have been awarded these contracts by Shell, which build upon their strong track record in the deep water subsea construction market in the Gulf of Mexico.

Recently, Subsea 7 has been awarded a SURF contract valued at approximately $200m from Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) on the Campos Basin, 80km from the Brazilian coast.

Under the terms of the contract, the company will manage, engineer, procure and install two rigid oil lines of 4.5km x 34"OD at water depths of 70 metres, umbilicals and subsea related equipments.

Engineering and project management will commence immediately, with offshore operations due to commence in the first half of 2013 utilising a number of Subsea 7’s pipe lay and construction vessels.