Deep Blue

France-based Technip has won a subsea infrastructure development contract for the Cardamom field in the Gulf of Mexico.

The project, located in Garden Banks block 427 at a water depth of about 830m, consists of a subsea tie-back to the Auger tension leg platform that is owned by Shell Offshore.

The contract includes the project management, engineering, fabrication and installation of the East and West Loop 12.8km pipe-in-pipe flowlines with associated PLETs and steel catenary risers.

The flowline is a flexible or rigid pipe laid on the seabed that allows the transportation of oil and gas production or injection of fluids.

The flowlines and risers will be welded at Technip’s spoolbase in Mobile, Alabama, while the overall project management will be performed from Technip’s operating centre based in Houston, Texas.

The company expects the offshore installation to be performed in the second semester of 2013 by the Deep Blue, which is its deepwater pipelay vessel, along with the Pioneer, a multipurpose deepwater support vessel recently added to the Technip fleet with the acquisition of Global Industries.

Technip is a project management, engineering and construction company, which offers deepest subsea oil and gas developments to the largest and most complex offshore and onshore infrastructures.

The company has a presence in 48 countries, and owns industrial assets on all continents operating a fleet of specialised vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction.

Image: The offshore installation will be performed by the Deep Blue in the second semester of 2013. Photo courtesy of Technip.