Saipem, a leading company in the engineering, drilling and construction of major projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors, has been awarded a contract from Qatargas worth more than US$1bn related to the North Field Production Sustainability Pipelines Project located offshore and onshore the Qatar peninsula.
The contract (EPCL package) entails the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) of offshore export trunklines and related onshore tie-in works and is part of the development of the North Field production plateau, which also includes the EPCI of offshore facilities (“EPCO” package) previously awarded to Saipem in February.
The scope of work for this award (EPCL package) includes three export trunklines starting from their respective offshore platforms to the Qatargas North and South Plants in Ras Laffan Industrial City for a total length of almost 300 km, as well as associated onshore tie-in works and brownfield activities on existing onshore and offshore facilities. Pipelaying operations will be executed by the DE HE and Saipem Endeavour vessels.
Stefano Porcari, Saipem E&C Offshore Division COO, commented, “This additional contract awarded by our key client Qatargas strengthens our consolidated relationship and represents a further proof of the trust in Saipem’s ability to deliver challenging projects and is a sign of success of our positioning strategy in Qatar. We are very proud to increase our contribution to such a strategic development for the country.”
Double haul for Saipem
This agreement is an expansion of the US$1.7bn contract awarded by Qatargas to Saipem for the EPCI of various offshore facilities for the extraction and transportation of natural gas, including platforms supporting and connecting structures, subsea cables and anticorrosion internally cladded pipelines. The agreement also included the decommissioning of a pipeline and other significant modifications to existing offshore facilities.
Saipem will enhance the overall project execution, comprising both EPCO and EPCL scope of work, by combining relevant planned schedules and project management. Once completed the project aims at increasing the early gas field production capacity to 110mn tonnes per annum. Saipem will start activities immediately and project completion is expected by mid-2024.