Wood has secured a 2-year contract extension with Equinor for the Mariner Field, UK

Wood has secured a two-year contract extension with Equinor UK Limited to support safe and reliable energy production at the Mariner field in the UK North Sea.

Wood will continue to provide operations, maintenance, modifications and offshore services on the Mariner A platform and Mariner B floating storage unit, as well as delivering front-end concept and feasibility studies, detailed design, construction and commissioning services for future project developments.

In addition, Equinor continue to utilise Wood’s digital capabilities and experience to optimise efficiency across Mariner’s operations.

Ellis Renforth, Wood’s President of Operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “We are proud to further strengthen our relationship with Equinor through this contract extension. As a trusted delivery partner, we will continue to provide operations, maintenance and engineering support, critical to energy security.

”The contract extension is testament to the quality of delivery by our teams both onshore and offshore, applying innovative, sustainable ways of working, utilising our enhanced digital capabilities to ensure safe, reliable and consistent operations across the Mariner field.”

Wood has a longstanding partnership with Equinor, supporting global projects, including long-term contracts in Norway and Brazil as well as Equinor’s renewable energy business in the UK.

The Mariner field is located approximately 150km east of the Shetland Islands in the Northern North Sea and is expected to produce more than 300 million barrels of oil over the next 30 years, contributing towards reliable energy supply and security.

The contract will continue to be delivered by Wood’s team in Aberdeen and offshore North Sea.

Source: Wood

McDermott awarded an EPCI contract for the Manatee Gas Field Project

McDermott has received a limited notice to proceed for an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract from Shell Trinidad and Tobago Limited for the Manatee gas field development project, located off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago.

Subject to Shell taking a final investment decision, the Manatee project scope is for the design, procurement, fabrication, transportation, installation, and commissioning of a wellhead platform, offshore and onshore gas pipelines.

“This award follows our successful delivery of the front-end engineering design for the Manatee gas field,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott‘s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “It is testament to McDermott’s integrated EPCI capabilities built over the last 100 years around the world including many successful projects in Trinidad and Tobago. We will again deliver for Shell, building on a partnership marked by trust, collaboration, and shared success, to execute this important project.”

The Manatee field is a conventional gas development and once commissioned, gas will supply both domestic and export markets from Trinidad and Tobago.

Source: McDermott

Aker Solutions wins Hafslund Oslo Celsio CCS FEED

Aker Solutions, together with Aker Carbon Capture has been awarded a full front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract by Hafslund Oslo Celsio (Celsio), the largest supplier of district heating in Norway, to develop carbon capture at its waste-to-energy facility at Klemetsrud in Oslo, Norway.

Through the FEED, Aker Solutions, Aker Carbon Capture, and Celsio have established a framework for an intention to execute an engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) contract, subject to contract negotiations and final investment decision (FID).

The FEED award follows Celsio’s cost reduction initiative for the Oslo CCS project and will be delivered based on Aker Carbon Capture’s modularized Just Catch 400 unit, with a design capacity to capture up to 400,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The Klemetsrud waste incineration plant is Oslo’s largest emitter and produces a significant proportion of the city’s total CO2 emissions.

The Celsio CCS project is part of Longship, the Norwegian Government’s carbon capture and storage project, which will also include CO2 captured at Heidelberg Materials’ cement plant in Brevik, where the carbon capture plant is delivered by Aker Carbon Capture and Aker Solutions. The awarded FEED is limited to the capture facility at the existing waste incineration plant, and not including the intermediate storage and harbor facility at a port to be decided.

“At Aker Solutions, we have three decades of experience in designing and delivering large, complex, first-of-a-kind projects from the Sleipner CO2 storage platform in the 1990’s to the current Northern Lights development off the coast of Norway. With our strong engineering, procurement, construction, and installation capabilities, we are proud to support Hafslund Oslo Celsio in making this project a reality, “said Kjetel Digre, Chief Executive Officer at Aker Solutions

“The Celsio CCS development is of great importance to further strengthen Norway’s leading position in CCS and ensure the country’s ambitious climate goals are achieved.” 

Source: Aker Solutions

Equinor, KCA Deutag ink electrification contract for Askepott rig

KCA Deutag has been awarded a contract to carry out a major project to electrify Equinor’s jackup rig, Askepott, in Norway.

The electrification project, which will be delivered by KCA Deutag’s Kenera business unit, will make the Askepott rig the first in Equinor’s portfolio to be powered from onshore when it is completed in Q4 2024.

Askepott will receive power from high voltage cabling via the Martin Linge A platform, which is already supplied with power from the shore through the world’s longest alternating current cable and is located 42 kilometres west of the Oseberg Field in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The electrification of the Askepott rig in the field will enable energy efficient drilling operations and provide significant decreases in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Based on historic records and predicted calculations, it is anticipated the project will result in a reduction of twenty thousand tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year when compared to running with traditional diesel generators.

As a key part of the project, Kenera will convert the existing mud treatment room on Askepott to an electrical power room and install transformers, Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and high-voltage switch boards certified to DNV classification requirements.

Kenera will provide a turnkey solution from initial procurement, detailed engineering, installation, and commissioning before handing the project over to Equinor and KCA Deutag’s team in Norway for the day-to-day operations onboard Askepott.

This project is the next step in previous Kenera campaigns to reduce CO2 emissions which have included the energy optimisation of both of Equinor’s Cat J rigs, the Askepott and Askeladden. These projects deployed CO2 and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) reduction technologies as part of Equinor’s long-term low emissions strategy for 2050 and resulted in the elimination of more than 85 per cent of NOx emissions.

Gordon Ronaldson, Senior Vice President, Kenera, commented: “This project to electrify Askepott will demonstrate the opportunities for rig electrification of assets across Equinor’s portfolio and indeed the wider sector as the industry looks to reduce total energy consumption and create more sustainable drilling operations. The award is also an important milestone for Kenera, as we continue to focus upon decarbonisation technologies and the energy transition. It will demonstrate and build industry confidence in our capability to electrify offshore and mobile assets.”

Source: KCA Deutag

Samsung Engineering commences Sarawak H2biscus Green Hydrogen & Ammonia FEED project in Malaysia

Samsung Engineering, a world-leading engineering solutions and project management company, announced, that with LOTTE CHEMICAL, Korea National Oil Corporation and Malaysia’s SEDC Energy (Sarawak Economic Development Corporation Energy) the FEED contract for the Sarawak H2biscus Green Hydrogen & Ammonia project(H2biscus) in Malaysia was launched with a kick-off meeting.

The kick-off meeting was held on the 23rd November at Samsung Engineering’s headquarters, GEC (Global Engineering Center) in Sangil-dong, Gangdong-gu. Samsung Engineering Executive Vice President & Head of Sustainable Solution Business Division Cheonhong Park, LOTTE CHEMICAL Division Manager Kim Yong-hak, Korea National Oil Corporation Team Leader Jang Jin-hwan, SEDC Energy President Robert Hardin, and other officials from each participating company participated, reviewed major subjects and schedules related to FEED design progress, and shared strategies.

Samsung Engineering will execute the FEED for the green hydrogen plant with an annual capacity of 150,000 tons and a green ammonia conversion plant with a capacity of 850,000 tons in Sarawak, Malaysia, expected completion in 2024.

Samsung Engineering plans to derive a hydrogen production method optimized in terms of efficiency and economic feasibility by applying both PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolysis) and AEC (alkaline water electrolysis) technologies, which are representative water electrolysis technologies, at the FEED stage.

This H2biscus project is a project to produce clean hydrogen based on renewable energy in Sarawak, Malaysia and introduce it to Korea with the participation of Samsung Engineering, LOTTE CHEMICAL, Korea National Oil Corporation and SEDC Energy of Malaysia, launched in early 2022. The project has started and is on track, including signing a renewable power MOU with the Sarawak Electricity Authority in September of the same year.

The H2biscus project is a project to produce and introduce clean hydrogen based on renewable energy in Sarawak, Malaysia, and is cruising by securing renewable power in September of the same year after starting the project in early 2022. Based on this FEED, a final investment decision (FID: Final Investment Decision) will be made at the end of 2024. Once FID is approved EPC is expected to begin right after at the end of 2024 and commercial production of hydrogen is expected for early 2028.

The alliance on this project predict that H2biscus will greatly contribute to achieving Korea’s carbon neutrality goal and revitalizing the hydrogen economy. Some of the clean hydrogen to be produced through this project will be used locally in Sarawak, and the rest will be converted to ammonia form and brought into the country to be used in various forms. The Malaysian state of Sarawak plans to contribute to revitalizing the local economy and implement a hydrogen economy in earnest through the successful development of the H2biscus project.

Hong Namkoong, President and CEO of Samsung Engineering said, “We have taken the first step for carrying out the main project of the H2biscus project, which has great significance both domestically and internationally. We will successfully develop the project as well as the FEED, making H2biscus the role model for global hydrogen projects.”

In the era of energy transition, Samsung Engineering is focusing on securing technology and business development in the hydrogen, ammonia, and CCUS fields addressing social challenges with technology and strengthen the foundation for mid- to long-term sustainable growth. Samsung Engineering is seeking to expand business opportunities by securing technology through partnerships with domestic and foreign companies as well as utilizing its network with major overseas clients. In particular, similar to H2biscus, Samsung Engineering’s Hydrom Clean Hydrogen Project in Oman, which produces clean hydrogen from overseas and introduces it into Korea, and the Shepherd CCS Project, which transports and stores domestically generated carbon and stores it overseas, are gaining traction.

Source: Samsung Engineering


Petrojet a leading regional Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) contractor, and “TAQA” Saudi Arabia (Industrialization & Energy Services Company) a leading well solutions provider in the energy industry, signed an MoU for the establishing of a strategic alliance to explore integrated oilfield projects in Africa & Middle East.

The Alliance will leverage the collective capabilities of both companies to identify and seize opportunities in various aspects of oilfield development in Africa & Middle East, including early production facilities, engineering, and fabrication of equipment.

The MoU was signed by the Managing Director of Petrojet & the Executive Vice President Well Solutions of TAQA

The signing of the MoU is the anchor for several cooperation between the two companies and was executed during the visit of H.E Mr. Majid Al-Qasabi Saudi Arabia Commerce Minister to Egypt.

Source: Petrojet

McDermott Awarded Decommissioning Contract by Santos

McDermott has been awarded a sizeable* engineering, procurement, removal, and disposal contract by Santos. The offshore decommissioning award is for the full removal and disposal of the Campbell platform structure, which is part of the Varanus Island Hub offshore infrastructure in Western Australia.

Under the contract scope, McDermott will provide project management and engineering services for the removal and transportation of the platform topsides, substructure and associated items to an onshore facility, where it will be dismantled and disposed. 

“Our successful, proven track record of project delivery spans the entire energy value chain,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “This decommissioning award reflects the commitment we share with Santos to timely, safe, and environmentally responsible removal of infrastructure at the end of its operational life cycle. We look forward to continuing to be part of delivering their sustainability commitments while also contributing to the circular economy for a lower carbon future.

Project management and engineering will be executed by McDermott’s team in Perth, Australia, with support from Batam, Indonesia, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The decommissioning of the Campbell platform is the fourth decommissioning project executed by McDermott in Australia in the last two years. 

*McDermott defines a sizeable contract as between USD $1 million and USD $50M million.

Source: McDermott 

L&T Wins Mega Offshore Contract in the Middle East

The Hydrocarbon business (L&T Energy Hydrocarbon – LTEH) of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has received a Letter of Intent for mega Offshore order from a prestigious client in the Middle East.  

The scope of work comprises engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of a new large offshore platform and brownfield work of integration with existing facilities.

Commenting on the award, Mr. Subramanian Sarma, Whole-time Director and Senior Executive Vice President (Energy), L&T said, “This mega order from a new customer reaffirms global acknowledgment of our capabilities and marks a key milestone for our offshore business. Our focus continues to be on enhancing competencies and leveraging opportunities arising from our core markets.”

The Hydrocarbon Business is executing several domestic and international offshore projects and is committed to expanding its regional presence across adjacent and business-conducive geographies.

Organised under Offshore, Onshore EPC, Modular Fabrication, Advanced Value Engineering & Technology (AdVENT), and Offshore Wind Farm Business Groups, LTEH offers integrated design-to-build solutions across the hydrocarbon sector to domestic and international customers. With over three decades of rich experience, LTEH has been setting global benchmarks in all aspects of project management, corporate governance, quality, health safety environment (HSE), and operational excellence.

Source: Larsen & Toubro

Subsea7 Awarded Decommissioning Contract in Brazil

Subsea7 announced the award of a sizeable contract by Shell for the decommissioning of subsea infrastructure associated with the FPSO Fluminense in the Bijupirá and Salema fields of the Campos Basin, at 700m water depth.

Subsea7’s scope includes the disconnection, recovery, and disposal of 10 flexible risers, three umbilicals and nine mooring lines. Offshore works are planned to start in December 2023.

Yann Cottart, Subsea7 Brazil Vice-President, said: “Twenty years ago, Subsea7 installed the flexibles and umbilicals for Shell’s Bijupirá and Salema fields and, two decades later, we’re proud to be one of Shell’s chosen contractors to take part in the completion of this field’s life cycle.” 

Source: Subsea7

JGC, JAPEX, & “K” LINE Signed an Agreement with PETRONAS for the Development of the CCS Project in Malaysia

JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC HD), Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) (hereinafter referred collectively as the “Japan Consortium(JC)”) have agreed and signed the Key Principles Agreement (“KPA”) with PETRONAS CCS Ventures Sdn. Bhd. (PCCSV) to jointly mature and develop the CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) project plan and structure (hereinafter the “CCS Project Development”) aiming the commercialization of the CCS project by the end of 2028 at offshore Malaysia.

The signing ceremony took place in Japan, attended by PETRONAS President & Group CEO, YM Tan Sri Tengku M Taufik, JGC HD Senior Executive Officer, Technology Commercialization Officer (TCO), Masahiro Aika, JAPEX Representative Director and President, Masahiro Fujita Representative and “K” LINE Managing Executive Officer, Satoshi Kanamori in the presence of Mr. Saeki, Director of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The announcement was made today after receiving consent from relevant stakeholders.

The CCS joint collaboration study (hereinafter the “Joint Study”) was commenced by PETRONAS and JAPEX in January 2022 and JGC Corporation, a subsidiary of JGC HD. and “K” LINE joined in July of the same year(*1), has successfully assessed the underground storage capacity of CO2, marine transportation from CO2 emission sources, and the most effective CO2 storage scheme for the purpose of permanent storage at offshore Malaysia. Based on the conclusion of Joint Study, that targeting the depleted oil and gas fields and the associated aquifers, identified offshore Malaysia, will maximize practicality of CO2 storage and feasibility of the earliest commercialization, we have agreed to execute the CCS Project Development jointly.

The KPA will commence the specific preparatory works with a view of beginning the front end engineering design in 2024 and the subsequent construction works, aiming to inject and store CO2 from Malaysia and Japan in the end of 2028. We will proceed with the detailed engineering of the specifications, estimated costs, and business scheme, including infrastructure network of CO2 pipelines from onshore gathering, receiving facilities for liquefied CO2 transported by ships and offshore injection facilities. PCCSV and JC will work closely with other Malaysian stakeholders for the development of the CCS hub in Malaysia.

PCCSV and JC will execute the CCS Project Development aiming for the final investment decision on the commercialization in the mid-2020s and the operation commencement by the end of 2028. The target amount of CO2 injection is to be at least about 2 million tons per year at the beginning of the project, including that from Malaysia and Japan, and 5 million tons per year by 2030, with a view to increasing the amount to more than10 million tons per year in the early 2030s.

In addition, the JC will continue the joint evaluation (hereinafter the “Joint Evaluation”) aiming to establish the CCS value chain originated from Japan with JFE Steel Corporation (*2) since this June and will manage to collaborate between the Joint Evaluation and the CCS Project Development. By executing the KPA for the early commercialization of the CCS project, JGC HD, JAPEX and “K” LINE aim to contribute for the realization of de-carbonized society in Asia targeted by the “Asia Energy Transition Initiative (AETI)”(*3).

Source: JGC

Chiyoda Awarded the Study for CCUS Hubs and Clusters Concept in Niigata by MGC

Chiyoda Corporation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the study for a CCUS hubs and clusters concept in East-Niigata by MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC. (MGC).

The study is a part of the feasibility study of CCS in East-Niigata area, which is a public solicitation by Japan Organization for Metal and Energy Security (JOGMEC) regarding the Request for Proposal on the “Business Feasibility Study on Japanese Advanced CCS Project” in the fiscal 2023, which is entrusted to Japan Petroleum Exploration Co.,Ltd, MGC, Tohoku Electric Power Co.,Inc., Hokuetsu Corporation, and Nomura Research Institute,Ltd.(hereinafter the “Consortium” for the five companies together) and Chiyoda has been awarded the contract by MGC.

The feasibility study will be conducted by the Consortium aiming at launching a CCS project by 2030, while examining CO2 separation and capture from existing chemical plant, papermaking plant and power station, CO2 injection and storage point, and transportation pipeline to connect these venues in the East-Niigata area which is a target region in the “Niigata Carbon Neutrality Site Development and Foundation Establishment Strategy” unveiled in March 2023 by Niigata Prefecture. Continuing from last year, Chiyoda will conduct a study on facilities towards the construction of a hydrogen production unit using a Steam Methane Reformer (SMR).

Chiyoda has constructed over half of the large-scale hydrogen production units using SMRs for refineries in Japan and will be actively engaged in the expansion of blue hydrogen produced by adding CO2 separation and capture units to SMRs as a realistic method for reducing carbon emissions.

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

JGC Signed an MOU with Asahi Kasei, Gentari for a FEED Study of the Green Hydrogen Project in Malaysia

Asahi Kasei, Gentari Hydrogen Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS clean energy arm Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari), and JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC) announced the completion of a detailed feasibility study for production of up to 8,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen using a 60 megawatt (MW) class alkaline water electrolyser system. The parties also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for the said project. This project is supported by the Green Innovation Fund for Large-scale Alkaline Water Electrolysis System Development and Green Chemical Plant Project by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Pursuant to the MOU, the parties are preparing for the FEED study to commence in January 2024. The operation is planned for start-up in 2027.

This collaboration between Asahi Kasei, Gentari, and JGC will advance the deployment of a 60 MW class water electrolyser paired with an integrated control system to produce green hydrogen. This commercial-scale project demonstrates the companies’ commitment to fostering markets for green hydrogen and establishing a foundation for regional green hydrogen Open 2 production, aligning with the broader mission of decarbonisation in Japan, Malaysia, and across Southeast Asia.

“We are pleased to collaborate with these two companies on a project that will demonstrate to the world the practical application of green hydrogen. Asahi Kasei’s experience from demonstration experiments in Germany and managing a 10 MW electrolyser in Japan for over three years will play a pivotal role in this project’s success,” said Nobuko Uetake, Lead Executive Officer of Asahi Kasei and Senior General Manager of its Green Solution Project.

“This strategic collaboration between Gentari, Asahi Kasei, and JGC, amplifies value for all involved. The project stands as a catalyst for advancing Malaysia’s hydrogen economy towards achieving its green hydrogen target of 200,000 tonnes per year by 2030, aligning with the National Energy Transition Roadmap and Hydrogen Economy and Technology Roadmap. Beyond this, Gentari is developing hydrogen projects with national and state entities to position Malaysia as the region’s leading hydrogen hub, leveraging PETRONAS assets and the country’s strategic advantages,” said Michèle Azalbert, Gentari’s Chief Hydrogen Officer.

“I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the efforts to conclude this MOU. JGC Group is currently constructing a demonstration facility of clean ammonia production adjacent to Asahi Kasei’s electrolyser at Namie-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, together with an integrated control system. We look forward to applying the lessons learnt from the demonstration and to utilising its technical outcomes toward the execution of this project in Malaysia,” said Masahiro Aika, Senior Executive Officer, Technology Commercialization Officer and General Manager, Sustainability Co-creation Unit of JGC.

Source: JGC

KBR Awarded FEED Contract for Fidelis New Energy’s Liquid CO2 Project

KBR announced it has been awarded a Front-End Engineering Design (FFED) contract by Fidelis New Energy for Project Fyrkat, a liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2) receiving terminal at the Port of Aalborg, Denmark. 

Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide engineering to support the LCO2 handling and storage facility, as Fidelis New Energy aims to help global decarbonization. 

Project Fyrkat is one of the first onshore CO2 sequestration facilities and is part of a larger initiative, Project Norne, which expects to store more than 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030. This equates to around half of all Denmark’s yearly emissions. Norne will provide emitting companies with access to an affordable and safe pathway to process their CO2 emissions. 

“We are extremely pleased to be a part of this significant liquid carbon dioxide project in Europe,” said Jay Ibrahim, President, KBR Sustainable Technology Solutions. “KBR’s strategic commitment and expertise in energy transition, coupled with our world-class engineering professionals, enables us to provide cutting-edge solutions to projects that are the key to helping our world achieve net-zero carbon emissions.”

KBR has successfully delivered similar projects involving liquid carbon dioxide. KBR understands the intricacies of such projects, and the criticality in providing a cleaner, more sustainable world.

“We are thrilled to work with KBR for our receiving facility due to their extensive experience and expertise with liquid carbon dioxide, enhancing our ability to service our clients’ marine transported CO2 volumes,” added Ulrik Weuder, Managing Director for Fidelis Europe.”Fidelis has been working in Denmark for over two years to position the Norne Carbon Storage Hub as the carbon storage leader in Europe. Norne will enable emitters in Northern Europe to decarbonize both safely and economically.”

Source: KBR

Thyssenkrupp Uhde & DL E&C Signed a Pre-FEED Contract for Murchison Hydrogen Renewables Project

Thyssenkrupp Uhde, in partnership with DL E&C (formerly Daelim Industrial) and its affiliate (CARBONCO), has been selected by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) on behalf of Murchison Hydrogen Renewables Pty Ltd, to deliver a pre-FEED to support the development of the giga-watt-scale Murchison green ammonia project in Kalbarri, Western Australia. This project will use onshore wind and solar energy for green hydrogen and green ammonia production.

The key goal of the pre-FEED is to enhance the technical concept and commence key engineering activities for the ammonia plant. The study will be based on thyssenkrupp Uhde’s dynamic uhde ammonia synthesis technology, which has been specifically developed to tackle the unique challenges of dynamic ammonia production. The company will also provide integration engineering for the full facility. The pre-FEED will also enable Murchison Hydrogen Renewables to advance through the subsequent commercial and regulatory phases of the project.

Dr. Cord Landsmann, CEO of thyssenkrupp Uhde, said: “With our technologies, we at thyssenkrupp Uhde are making a significant contribution to the green transformation. With our technologies and new partnerships like this one with Murchison Hydrogen Renewables, we are building a sound business case for this groundbreaking green energy project and enabling the sustainable and climate-friendly production of green ammonia.”

Dr. Sang Min Lee, CEO of CARBONCO, said: “We are confident that this partnership for the green ammonia project will further accelerate the global transition to achieve carbon neutrality. We believe that CARBONCO will be a bridge between Western Australia and East Asia, which will play a significant role in the energy transition.”

Source: Thyssenkrupp 

McDermott Awarded Transportation and Installation Contract by ONGC

McDermott has been awarded a large* transportation and installation contract by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for the KG-DWN-98/2 development project, located off the east coast of India.

Under the scope of the contract, McDermott will perform the transportation and installation of a central processing platform (CPP) and living quarters. Once installed, the CPP will be used to process wet gas which will then be transferred from the platform to an onshore terminal.

The CPP award is an expansion of McDermott’s current scope of work under the KG-DWN-98/2 project — one of the largest subsea projects in India. Originally awarded in 2018, and nearing completion, the integrated subsea package includes the supply of all subsea production systems (SPS), including 26 deepwater trees, and the installation of subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) at a water depth of between zero to 4,265 feet (1,300 meters).

“This award demonstrates McDermott’s track record of executing fast track projects of this nature,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “It not only builds on the successes of our ongoing work for the KG-DWN-98/2 project but stands as a testament to our strong working relationship with ONGC. We are confident that our collaborative approach will continue to position us well for the successful delivery of this next stage of this important project for India.”

Project management and engineering will be executed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with support from other McDermott offices.

*McDermott defines a large contract as between USD $50 million and USD $250 million

Source: McDermott

Eni and Saipem Agreement to Develop New Biorefineries

Eni and Saipem have signed an agreement for the development of biorefining. It was signed by Giuseppe Ricci, Chief Operating Officer for Energy Evolution at Eni, and Alessandro Puliti, Chief Executive Officer at Saipem, to support the transformation path of traditional refineries and the development of new Eni biorefineries.

The agreement is in line with the decarbonization goals of Eni and Saipem, and it focuses on the study for and subsequent potential construction of plants for the production of biojet, a sustainable aviation fuel, and of the biofuel HVO diesel, produced from 100% renewable raw materials (pursuant to EU Directive 2018/2001 “REDII”). HVO diesel is on sale at Enilive service stations under the name HVOlution and can be used across road, naval and rail transport.

The agreement involves the application of Eni’s proprietary Ecofining™ technology for both the development of new biorefineries and the conversion of traditional refineries, combining Eni’s extensive technological and operational experience with Saipem’s distinctive expertise in the design and construction of this type of plants. 

Eni was the first company in the world to convert two traditional refineries into biorefineries, in Venice Porto Marghera and Gela, Sicily, for the processing of waste feedstocks, such as used cooking oil, animal fats, agro-food industry residues, and vegetable oils, using Ecofining™ technology. Saipem provided support on both projects.

Eni plans to expand its biorefining capacity from the current 1.65 million tons/year to over 5 million tons/year by 2030.

Source: Saipem 

Fluor Awarded a Multibillion-Dollar Jansen Potash Stage 2 Project by BHP

Fluor Corporation announced that its Mining and metals business has been selected by BHP Canada to develop Stage 2 of its multibillion-dollar Jansen potash project in Saskatchewan, Canada. Fluor expects to recognize its undisclosed reimbursable contract value in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Fluor is excited to be selected to partner with BHP to deliver this sustainable program that is critical for food security,” said Tony Morgan, president of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business. “This award is a testament to our track record of successfully delivering complex mega-projects, coupled with our expertise in fertilizer production and execution capability in western Canada.

Potash is essential in supporting eco-friendly agriculture. Approximately 95% of potash is used in fertilizers to support plant growth, increase crop yield and disease resistance, and enhance water preservation.

When completed, the Jansen site will be capable of producing approximately 8.5 million tonnes of potash per year. It will be one of the largest and most sustainable potash mines in the world.

Project execution is scheduled to begin later this month.

The project will be managed through Fluor’s Calgary and Vancouver, Canada, offices.

Source: Fluor Corporation

L&T Construction Wins Orders for its Power Transmission & Distribution Business

The Power Transmission & Distribution business of L&T Construction has secured key orders in India and overseas, in the current quarter.

In Chhattisgarh, the business has received an order for establishing 400kV & 220kV transmission lines to help relieve the congestion in the state’s electricity transmission grid.

In Saudi Arabia, an order for turnkey construction of a 380kV Substation with associated overhead transmission lines has been won.

Another order has been bagged in the State of Kuwait to build 5 Substations to provide reliable and efficient power supply to an upcoming residential city.

Additional orders have been won in ongoing substation orders in Qatar.

In a significant breakthrough, the business has bagged an order in Malaysia, in a consortium, to establish a 275kV Underground Cable system to double the power transmission capacity in the existing network.

Source: L&T Construction

Chiyoda Corporation Awarded an EPC Contract by Kureha Corporation

Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract by Kureha Corporation (Kureha), in collaboration with IHI Plant Corporation (IHI Plant), to increase the capacity of the monomer process for producing polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) at Kureha’s Iwaki facility, its primary production site and one of its largest investments.

As a binder in lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) and an engineering plastic used in industry, Kureha has prepared an expected growth scenario for their PVDF business due to PVDF’s increasing demand in the automotive market because of the accelerating drive towards a sustainable environment. Through this project, Chiyoda continues to contribute towards realizing carbon neutrality and the development of a sustainable society in line with our management philosophy of ‘Energy and Environment in Harmony’.

Source: Chiyoda Corporation

McDermott, PTSC Consortium Receives Limited LOA for Block B Gas Development Project Offshore Vietnam

A consortium comprised of McDermott and Petrovietnam Technical Services Corporation (PTSC) has received a limited letter of award from Phu Quoc Petroleum Operating Company for engineering, procurement, construction, installation (EPCI), and hook-up and commissioning (HUC) services.

Under the full project scope, the consortium will provide EPCI and HUC services for a central production platform, living quarters platform, flare tower, and bridges for the Block B gas development project off the southwest coast of Vietnam.

“This award combines our 50 years of experience executing complex EPCI projects in the region with PTSC’s technical strengths,” said Mahesh Swaminathan, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Subsea and Floating Facilities. “Together, we will initiate this important groundwork as we finalize the full project scope and ultimately deliver another world-class project for Vietnam.”

The full project contract is expected to be executed between the parties in early 2024 with an award value of more than $1 billion.

Source: McDermott