French company Technip has secured a $500m contract with a consortium that includes Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) and Italy-based Eni to refurbish the Bahr Essalam oilfield 100km off Tripoli, Libya.

Under the contract, Technip is responsible for the Bahr Essalam, phase II development.

The natural gas field development is operated by Mellitah Oil & Gas Libyan Branch, a consortium between National Oil and Eni North Africa.

The field is planned to be tied back to the Sabratha platform, 110km off the Libyan coast in water depths of 190m.

Technip’s work will involve performing the overall design, detailed engineering and delivering project management, as well as procurement, installation, tie-ins, pre-commissioning and commissioning.

"Offshore installation is expected to take place during the second half of 2017."

A gas gathering system comprising production pipelines, subsea isolation valve (SSIV) and umbilicals will be provided for the platform, in addition to offering services such as diving and installation campaigns.

The topsides of Sabratha platform will also be modified.

Technip will perform all offshore mobilisations from Malta.

Offshore installation is expected to take place during the second half of 2017, through to the second half of 2018.

The company will use its Deep Energy Pipelay vessel, Deep Arctic Diving Support Vessel, and G1200 S-Lay vessels for the project.

Technip chairman and CEO Thierry Pilenko said: "We are proud of this contract award, which is a strong recognition of Technip’s broad capabilities across a variety of areas.

"We very much look forward to working with Mellitah to safely and successfully deliver this large project, by leveraging our strong know-how and experience in high-quality product manufacturing and subsea installation."