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Total Offshore Congo Contract for Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions receives a Letter of Award from Total for the delivery of a subsea production system for the Moho Nord project in the Republic of the Congo. The Moho Nord project, located approximately 75 km off the coast of the Republic of the Congo, consists of the two developments Moho Nord and Moho Bilondo 1bis. Aker Solutions and Total will run both developments as one integrated project.     Scope of work within the contract includes the delivery of 28 vertical subsea trees including wellhead systems, 2 installation and workover control systems, 7 manifold structures, subsea control

Total Conducting Seismic Testing on Congo Oil Block

French oil major Total is conducting seismic testing on a block it operates in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday, making it the first oil major to conduct such testing in the country.   Congo produces just 25,000 barrels of oil per day along its Atlantic coast in the west but hopes that further exploration offshore and near Lake Albert, which straddles the eastern border with Uganda, will boost that figure significantly in coming years.   Total holds a 66.66 percent stake in Block 3, located along Lake Albert. Semliki Sarl, majority

Wärtsilä Direct Electric Heating

Wärtsilä to Supply Direct Electric Heating for Chevron African Offshore Oilfield

Wärtsilä was contracted to supply its Direct Electric Heating (Wärtsilä DEH) system for Chevron Overseas Congo Limited's Lianzi offshore development project, located off the Republic of Congo and Angolan coasts. The 9,000-kW system will be used to heat the 43-km subsea production pipeline between the Lianzi field and the Benguela Belize Lobito Tomboco (BBLT) platform. The Lianzi field lies approximately 100 km off the coast of the Republic of Congo, and the BBLT platform is located in Angola. The pipeline lies in some 900 metres of water. DEH is a flow assurance tool used to

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Aker Solutions Awarded Moho Contract

Aker Solutions received a Letter of Award from Total for the delivery of a subsea production system for the Moho Nord project in the Republic of the Congo. The contract value is approximately $850 million (U.S.).    The Moho Nord project, located approximately 75 km off the coast of the Republic of the Congo, consists of the two developments Moho Nord and Moho Bilondo 1bis. Aker Solutions and Total will run both developments as one integrated project.    Scope of work within the contract includes the delivery of 28 vertical subsea trees including wellhead systems, two installat

Unique Seaflex Swift to Support Saipem

Unique Seaflex, a Unique Maritime Group company, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers were recently contacted by Saipemin Portugal who were looking to urgently conduct a 550t load test on a derrick barge located at Point Noire in the Congo. With 100t of solid weights in hand, they required an additional 450t to complete the test. The immediacy of the requirement demanded a swift response from the supply chain, especially given the total absence of any suitable equipment within the local market. Unique Seaflex were the only company able to provide a quantity of thirteen 35t

Saipem wins $520m offshore contracts in Congo, Indonesia

(Reuters) - Saipem has won new contracts for off-shore engineering and construction in Congo and Indonesia worth a total $520 million, the Italian oil services group said on Monday. Saipem said parent company ENI had assigned a consortium led by Saipem a $1.1 billion contract to build a floating production unit (FPU) in Indonesia. "The FPU will be delivered at site ready for surf hook-up in 34 months," Saipem said in a note. In Congo, the group won a contract with Aker Solutions to build under-sea structures, including suction anchors, for the Moho project. By 0912 GMT shares in

Seadrill vessel: Photo courtesy of the owners

Seadrill Contracts Out Multiple Jack-Up Units

; The contract is for a firm period of two wells, expected to be 51 days each, plus two option wells. The total revenue potential for the primary contract term is approximately US$31 million inclusive of mobilization.  West Ariel, a Keppel FELS 'B' Class jack-up rig, has secured a contract offshore Congo with ENI Congo SA.  The contract is for a firm period of 12 months plus an option of 12 months. The total revenue potential for the primary contract term is approximately US$89 million inclusive of an estimated US$8.5 million of mobilization. In addition Eni Congo has extended the charter of

World Bank to Help Fund Hydro Dams in Burundi

that will almost double the east African country's tiny electricity output, the bank and government said. Like many sub-Saharan African countries, Burundi suffers a chronic power deficit and regular power outages that peg back economic growth. It even has to import energy from Democratic Republic of Congo whose own infrastructure is falling apart. Two dams will produce a combined 48 megawatts (MW) of power, tiny compared to the massive 6,000 MW dam nearby Ethiopia is building but much needed in a country where just 4 percent of the 10 million population has access to electricity. "An internation

Nexans DEH System: Image courtesy of Nexans

Nexans DEH System in Deep ...

Subsea 7 takes Nexans DEH system deeper than ever before for Chevron’s Lianzi project off SW Africa. The Lianzi development (located in a unitized offshore zone between the Republic of Congo and the Republic of Angola) will include the world’s deepest installation of a Direct Electrical Heating (DEH) system of subsea production pipelines. Nexans say that their field-proven DEH solution provides eco-friendly and cost-effective flow assurance for subsea production pipelines. The contract with Subsea 7 is valued at approximately 25 million Euro, and the field is operated by Chevron Overseas

    And FCV3000 ROV being monitored from another ROV during the spudding of a new well (photo courtesy of Fugro).

Fugro Wins $100M Total E&P Congo Contract

  Fugro has been awarded a five-year contract with an estimated value of $100 million by Total E&P Congo. The agreement is for ROV services and remote subsea tooling in the Moho Nord field, situated roughly 75 kilometers off the coast of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo. Fugro will supply four 200hp FCV 3000 work class ROV systems and innovative BOP tooling which will be installed on board three mobile drilling units and one field support vessel. Three ROV systems have been mobilized from Fugro’s Singapore base and are now operating in Moho Nord. Two of them are on board

Aquatic Awarded Moho Nord Subsea Project Contract

Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd, an Acteon company, has been awarded a multimillion pound contract on the $10 billion Moho Nord subsea project, off the coast of the Republic of Congo, West Africa. The contract was awarded by a UK-based subcontractor working for Total E&P Congo. Aquatic’s 10-month campaign portion will mobilize in October 2015. Aquatic, the global partner for complete flex-lay solutions, will supply reel drive systems, together with a team of supervisors and technicians. They will provide the technical expertise and support to operate the equipment hired for the

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UTEC NCS Survey Completes West African AUV Operations

UTEC NCS Survey informs it has recently completed three months of AUV operations for a number of Saipem projects located in West Africa.    UTEC NCS performed pre-lay and as-laid surveys using their Gavia AUV systems on the Mafumeira and Litchendjili fields, offshore Angola and Congo. Using one of seven GAVIA AUVs, an anchor pre-lay side scan sonar survey was carried out in the Mafumeira field to clear the way for barge operations alongside the Mafumeira Norte Platform. The versatility of working inside the 500m zone of the platform without affecting the platform operations was of particular

GMC mechanical connector

GMC Wins Tendon Connector Contract

GMC Inc. has been awarded a contract to deliver its mechanical connector product as part of Total’s Republic of Congo Moho Nord TLP project.  GMC will supply more than 100 sets of its concentric thread, pin and box type connectors under contract to Hutchinson Offshore’s Techlam S.A. who are supplying the entire TLP tendon system to Hyundai Heavy Industries. The 16,500-ton TLP hull and topsides will be vertically moored in over 780-meters water depth by the tendon tethering system. GMC’s high strength fatigue resistant mechanical connector will provide the intermediary

Photo: Fugro

Fugro Provides ROV Systems for Total Contract

Fugro has been awarded a five-year contract with an estimated value of USD 100 million by Total E&P Congo. The agreement is for ROV services and remote subsea tooling in the Moho Nord field, situated around 75 kilometres off the coast of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo.   Fugro will supply four 200hp FCV 3000 work class ROV systems and innovative BOP tooling which will be installed onboard three mobile drilling units and one field support vessel.   Three ROV systems have been mobilized from Fugro’s Singapore base and are now operating in Moho Nord. Two of them are onboard

The cooperation will bring both companies closer in developing technologies that will reduce costs and increase value at subsea oil and gas fields. Photo Aker Solution

Aker, Total Tie-up for Subsea Technology Development

to solve technical challenges faced by the industry today and to reduce the time needed to bring subsea technology to the market." Total has been a strategic customer of Aker Solutions for many years including on subsea projects such as the Kaombo and Dalia developments in Angola and Moho Nord in Congo-Brazzaville. The companies have worked closely on solving specific project challenges and designing solutions to enable future developments. This includes collaborating on subsea boosting solutions and subsea plant for deepwater application as part of Total's deep offshore research and development

Kipevu Oil Terminal at Mombasa Port to Relocate

; Danish engineering firm Niras was in 2014 tasked with designing the new facility at a cost of $1.7 million.   The jetty is expected to increase efficiency in delivery of imported refined fuel for Kenya’s domestic use and export to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. KPA also plans to more than double the capacity of its fuel terminal in Nairobi to cater for the extra flow of petroleum products when a new pipeline linking the capital with Mombasa becomes operational in the end of this year. ( (Source: Wilhelmsen Ship Agency

SRP Wins Drilling Riser Contract for Moho Nord

Subsea Riser Products (SRP), an Acteon company, has won a multimillion pound contract with Total to supply a 3,500-psi drilling riser and deployment tooling for the Moho Nord project in The Republic of the Congo. This is the first time that Total, an oil and gas super-major, has awarded SRP a direct contract. The scope of the contract includes 43 joints for drilling from a tension leg platform in a water depth of 780 m, located 75 km off the coast of Pointe Noire. Manufacturing and assembly work will take place in the UK and mainland Europe, and the equipment will be delivered by March 2015. The

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