US major Chevron has awarded an IT and technology contract to provide specialised project engineering and support at its Big Foot development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gate (Gibson Applied Technology and Engineering) LLC was chosen by Chevron to provide specialised chemical systems and HSE support to the FEED stage of the Big Foot development, which lies 362km south of New Orleans and 290 miles offshore.

GATE will oversee chemical injection system design, chemical vendor selection and management, asset integrity management, scale squeeze design, ballast and potable water system material selection.

The Big Foot field is located in over 1,500m of water on Walker Ridge 29. Exploration and appraisal wells drilled over the past three years have indicated Big Foot has as much as 90m or more of net oil pay.