Total E&P Uganda (TEPU), a subsidiary of TotalEnergies, has conditionally awarded main contracts for the Tilenga oil fields development project in Uganda.

The Tilenga project is located in the Buliisa and Nwoya districts, in the Lake Albert region.

A consortium comprising McDermott subsidiary CB&I UK and Sinopec International Petroleum Service (Sinopec) has been selected to deliver the Central Processing Facility (CPF) at the project.

The partners will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning (EPSCC) of main surface facilities for the CPF, flowlines, and other related surface facilities.

Additionally, Schlumberger Oilfield Eastern received a contract for three well engineering packages with the first package comprising the upper completions, artificial lift, and associated services.

The second package includes directional drilling, well logging, measurements-while-drilling, buttonhole assembly, data transmission and real-time operation centre services while the third comprises wellheads, Christmas trees and related services.

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Moreover, Vallourec Oil and Gas France has been selected to provide casing, tubing and related services whereas ZPEB Uganda has been contracted for onshore drilling rigs, tubular running and fishing services.

TEPU said that the awards mark initial steps for the rollout of detailed engineering and procurement activities.

Total E&P Uganda general manager Pierre Jessua said: “We are pleased to sign these conditional letters of award for the Tilenga project to these five highly qualified industry players.

“The launch of these contracts underscores our commitment to developing the Tilenga project while maximising value and viability of the project, and observing the most stringent health, safety, social, environment and quality standards to which the contractor must adhere.”

The Tilenga project involves the development of six oil fields, a central processing facility, and associated infrastructure.

The six oil fields include Jobi-Rii, Ngiri, Gunya, Kasemene-Wahrindi, Kigogole-Ngara, and Nsoga.

The final investment decision on the field development project is scheduled for 2021 with first oil planned to be achieved in 43 months.