TES and OQ signs Joint Study Agreement for e-NG project in Oman

TES and OQ Alternative Energy have entered in a Joint Study Agreement to assess the development of an e-NG facility in Oman.

Oman has been at the forefront in the development of a green hydrogen economy where the country aims to produce in excess of 1mt annum of green hydrogen by 2030. Its strong renewable resources, in particular wind and solar, combined with a one stop-shop implementation framework under Hydrom’s directive, has been promoting the Sultanate to be amongst the most interesting hubs to produce green hydrogen.

e-NG is a green hydrogen-based green molecule chemically identical to natural gas and obtained by combining, through a methanation process (called Sabatier), green H2 with CO2, producing green CH4. As such it can leverage existing infrastructure for liquefaction, regasification, transportation and importantly storage and be a drop-in solution for industrial usage gradually replacing natural gas. Additionally, TES co-founded the global e-NG Coalition in March 2024 with industry leaders TotalEnergies, Engie, Sempra Infrastructure, Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas and Toho Gas.

“This agreement with OQAE underscores our dedication to advancing the global energy transition and strengthens our commitment and ongoing activities in the Middle East. By harnessing the expertise of OQAE, a global leader in the energy industry, we are enabling the production of green hydrogen at an industrial scale, making e-fuels accessible and cost-effective.” said Marco Alverà, CEO and Co-Founder of TES.

Najla Al Jamali, CEO of OQ alternative energy, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration with Tree Energy Solutions (TES) on the E-Natural Gas Joint Study Agreement. ‘’At OQ, we are committed to advancing Oman’s energy transition through building partnerships, creating innovative solutions, and implementing sustainable practices. This collaboration marks our dedication to innovation, sustainability, and shaping the future of energy. Collaborating on the study helps us move forward to identify additional downstream opportunities and vectors to diversify markets for green hydrogen.”

Source: TES

TA’ZIZ Awards Construction Contract for Low-Carbon Ammonia Plant

TA’ZIZ, a chemicals and transition fuels ecosystem under development in Al Ruwais Industrial City, Abu Dhabi, announced at the Make it in the Emirates forum, the award of a construction contract for its 1 million tons per annum (mtpa) low-carbon ammonia production facility. Fertiglobe, a partner of TA’ZIZ, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and GS Energy Corporation, awarded the construction contract to Tecnimont S.p.A (MAIRE Group). 

The facility is set to reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as a leader in low-carbon fuels and capitalize on the growing demand for low-carbon ammonia as a carrier fuel for clean hydrogen. Construction is set to begin in the third quarter of 2024, with operations scheduled to commence in 2027. A significant portion of the construction award value is expected to flow back into the UAE’s economy under ADNOC’s In-Country Value (ICV) program. 

A preliminary life cycle assessment study estimates that Phase 1 of the plant will produce 50% lower-carbon intensity ammonia compared to conventional ammonia. In the second stage, the plant will further reduce its carbon intensity via capturing and sequestrating carbon dioxide emissions.

Mashal Saoud Al-Kindi, CEO of TA’ZIZ, said: “As a key transition fuel, ammonia is used in a range of energy applications and represents an unparalleled opportunity to bridge the gap between traditional energy sources and a low-carbon future. This ammonia production facility, which is set to produce enough low-carbon ammonia to power hundreds of thousands of homes annually, is core to the mission of TA’ZIZ to boost local industry supply chains, enhance ICV and catalyze manufacturing capabilities in the UAE – all with a focus on sustainability.

The first phase of TA’ZIZ prioritizes the domestic production of six chemicals: ammonia, methanol, ethylene dichloride, polyvinyl chloride, vinyl chloride monomer and caustic, setting the foundation for manufacturing hundreds of new end-products in the UAE for the first time, unlocking further diversification and industrialization opportunities in the country. This phase is projected to create a multi-billion dollar investment in the country’s GDP and generate thousands of jobs in the next 20 years. 

With a mandate to position the UAE as a global chemicals leader, TA’ZIZ has initiated the design process for a future, multi-billion dollar expansion that will more than double its Phase 1 production capacity and increase its focus on decarbonization through clean power and carbon capture.

Source: ADNOC

Worley Awarded Engineering and Procurement Service Contract for South32 Hermosa Project

Worley has been awarded a contract to provide detailed engineering and procurement services for the underground infrastructure and the surface non-process facilities of the zinc-lead-silver Taylor deposit at South32’s Hermosa project in Arizona.

Under this contract, we’ll support the design and procurement of underground mechanical and electrical infrastructure for excavation, power distribution, and dewatering, along with maintenance and ore handling systems.

We’ll also integrate ventilation, shaft transport, and communication infrastructure for the underground operations, as well as the design for the surface non-process facilities.

Our project team will be based in Phoenix, Arizona. But we’ll draw on our mining experts from around the world to help South32 and its other partners to ensure safety in design and timely execution of the project.

The Hermosa project targets 75 percent less water usage compared to other mines in the region. It will also incorporate automation and advanced technologies to further reduce CO2 emissions associated with the mine.

“This is our first project with South32 in North America, underlining our dedication to the US mining sector while helping provide minerals that are essential for the energy transition,” said Tom Foster, President US Operations and Worley Consulting.

“Collaborating with South32, we’ll work to enable a data-centric, ‘digital asset’ approach, ensuring seamless updates, operations, maintenance, and future expansions throughout the mine’s lifecycle. This innovative approach will be underpinned by our expertise in project delivery, both underground and at the surface. We look forward to working alongside South32 and other project partners to deliver this critical project.”

Source: Worley

Tecnimont led consortium awarded an EPC contract for $2.3 billion by SONATRACH in Algeria

MAIRE has announced that a consortium composed by its subsidiary Tecnimont (Integrated E&C Solutions) and Baker Hughes has been awarded by SONATRACH an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the implementation of three gas boosting stations and the upgrading of the gathering system, located at the Hassi R’mel gas field, 550 kilometers south of Algiers. The gas field is the largest in Algeria and one of the largest in the world. The overall contract value is about USD2.3billion, of which USD1.7billion relates to Tecnimont.

The scope of the project entails the implementation of three gas boosting stations, including turbo-compressors that will compress about 188 million standard cubic meters per day of natural gas. Additionally, the project entails the upgrading of the existing gas gathering system, which includes more than 300 km of flowlines connecting the wells. Completion of the project is scheduled within 39 months from the contract’s effective date.

The boosting stations, along with the gathering system, will maintain the pressure of the gas as it travels through the pipelines, allowing it to continue flowing more efficiently and ensuring a reliable and uninterrupted supply of natural gas to Italy, and subsequently to Europe as a whole. With this contract, MAIRE confirms its standing as a key engineering player in strategic energy projects, significantly contributing to the optimization of the gas supply from Algeria, thus diversifying Italy and Europe’s energy sources. This initiative consolidates the relationships between the two sides of the Mediterranean, reinforcing EU-Africa cooperation.

Alessandro Bernini, Chief Executive Officer of MAIRE group, commented: “After the award of the linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant in the industrial zone of Skikda last March, SONATRACH once again relies on our Group’s execution capabilities. The development of this new crucial project strengthens our relationship with SONATRACH and, most importantly, the bilateral relations between Italy and Algeria. This award, in fact, represents a strong recognition of the entire Italian value chain, having Baker Hughes as partner and, more broadly, an important economic impact on our country”.

Source: Maire

ADNOC to Acquire 10% Equity Stake in Major LNG Development in Mozambique

ADNOC announced the acquisition of Galp’s 10% interest in the Area 4 concession of the Rovuma basin in Mozambique, marking a major milestone in the company’s international growth strategy. The acquisition will entitle ADNOC to a share of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production from the concession, which has a combined production capacity exceeding 25 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). 

The Area 4 concession includes the operational Coral South Floating LNG (FLNG) facility, the planned Coral North FLNG development and the planned Rovuma LNG onshore facilities. This strategic investment is ADNOC’s first in Mozambique and complements ADNOC’s efforts to expand its lower-carbon LNG portfolio to meet growing gas demand and support a just, orderly and equitable energy transition. 

Musabbeh Al Kaabi, ADNOC Executive Director for Low Carbon Solutions and International Growth, said: “For over fifty years, ADNOC has been a reliable and responsible global provider of LNG and we are building on this role with this landmark investment in the world-class Rovuma supergiant gas basin in Mozambique as we deliver on our international growth strategy. Natural gas plays an important role to meet growing global demand with lower emissions compared to other fossil fuels and this acquisition supports our efforts to build an integrated global gas business to ensure we continue providing a secure, reliable and responsible supply of natural gas.”

The Coral South development, currently in operation, is capable of producing up to 3.5 mtpa of LNG, and represents the first facility of its kind in Africa. The proposed Coral North development is expected to produce a further 3.5 mtpa of LNG through a FLNG facility to process and liquefy natural gas for export. 

The 18-mtpa Rovuma Onshore LNG development is a modular, electric-drive design that will dramatically reduce the carbon intensity of the LNG it produces, when compared to industry benchmarks. The facility’s design philosophy and its emphasis on limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions aligns with ADNOC’s ambition to achieve net zero by 2045. 

Mozambique’s Rovuma supergiant gas basin represents one of the world’s largest gas discoveries in the past fifteen years and holds proven reserves to provide a stable supply of natural gas to the FLNG and Onshore facilities. 

Source: ADNOC

Saipem awarded $3.7bn contract by TotalEnergies for Kaminho Project in Angola

Saipem has been awarded three new contracts by TotalEnergies EP Angola Block 20, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies, for the Kaminho project relating to the development of Cameia and Golfinho oil fields, located approximately 100 km off the coast of Angola. The overall amount of the contracts is 3.7 billion USD.

The first contract refers to the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Transportation and Commissioning of the Kaminho Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel.

The second contract entails the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the same vessel FPSO for a firm period of 12 years with a potential 8-year extension, leveraging on the expertise acquired from three other FPSOs currently operating in Angola.

The third contract involves the Engineering, Procurement, Supply, Construction, Installation, Pre-Commissioning and Assistance for the commissioning and start-up of a Subsea, Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines (SURF) package which includes approximately 30 km of 8” and 10″ subsea flowlines and risers, and umbilicals. The associated structures will be fabricated in Saipem’s local yard in Ambriz.

For the offshore campaign, and specifically for the J-lay vessel, Saipem will deploy its FDS and will widely involve the local supply chain for logistics and fabrication activities.

The joint award of the SURF, FPSO and O&M contracts confirms the competitiveness of Saipem’s integrated business model, in particular the company’s unique capability to provide offshore and plant project management and engineering services, combined with a state-of-the-art fleet and local fabrication capacity.

Source: Saipem

Wood to deliver FEED and EPCm for groundbreaking waste reduction technology

Wood has partnered with Juno, a Georgia-Pacific (GP) company, for the delivery of its groundbreaking waste recovery solution. Juno® Technology can divert up to 90% of the municipal waste it processes away from landfills and recover it for valuable recycled materials.

As part of a framework agreement, Wood will deliver full engineering, including Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and detailed Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCm), for Juno as it develops new waste processing sites globally. Additionally, Wood will support ongoing maintenance operations of facilities once complete.

Giuseppe Zuccaro, President of Process & Chemicals at Wood, said: “Bringing together Wood’s complex engineering capability with Juno’s innovative technology is an exciting opportunity to support our client deliver a circular economy solution.  Creating a more sustainable future is a strategic priority for Wood and this breakthrough project to reduce landfill waste and help circulate reclaimed materials back into the economy for future reuse is a purposeful proposition.”

Juno Technology uses a proprietary process to recycle materials from waste streams destined for landfills or incinerators. The process sanitises the waste and recovers commodities such as paper fibers, plastics, and metals for reuse, and can turn food waste into reuseable biogas.

Christer Henriksson, President of Juno said: “We are excited to partner with Wood as we scale our Juno Technology and build out our pipeline of projects in North America, Europe, UK and Australia.  Juno Technology can process Municipal Solid Waste and out of what is processed, divert up to 90% away from landfills.  This can help cities and communities meet their sustainability goals.”

The FEED for Juno’s first full commercial waste processing facility in the UK is underway.

Source: WoodPlc

Kent secures FEED contract for INEOS Hejre Project in the North Sea

Kent has been awarded a key Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for the INEOS Hejre project. This prestigious award was won in a competitive bid and highlights Kent’s extensive expertise and capabilities in the subsea and offshore sectors.

The Hejre project, an offshore High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) development, is located in the Danish sector of the North Sea. It is planned as a tie-back to the South Arne field, utilising the existing Hejre jacket structure. Kent’s responsibilities under this contract include the complete FEED design for the pipeline, tie-in spools, retrofit risers, and subsea power & fibre optics cable.

Usman Darr, Engineering and Consulting Managing Director for the UK at Kent, expressed his enthusiasm about the project, stating, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with INEOS Energy Denmark on the Hejre project. Having successfully completed the pre-FEED for the full project scope, this new phase allows us to further demonstrate our robust FEED capabilities and deep understanding of the unique challenges in subsea and offshore engineering, particularly in the challenging conditions of the North Sea.”

Rasmus Enemark-Rasmussen, Project Manager at INEOS, added, “We are delighted to deepen our collaboration with Kent. Their performance in the Hejre pre-FEED phase, coupled with their pivotal role in vital energy transition projects like Greensand, underscores the strength and importance of our ongoing partnership.”

Kent’s ongoing involvement with INEOS projects extends beyond Hejre. The company is also engaged in study work for the Greensands Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, further solidifying its position as a critical partner in INEOS’s operations in Denmark.

This contract not only reinforces Kent’s commitment to supporting INEOS Energy Denmark but also underscores the strength and depth of its engineering expertise in handling complex offshore projects in the North Sea region.

Source: Kent

Saipem awarded an offshore contract by Azule Energy for Ndungu Field Project in Angola for $850 Million

Saipem has been awarded a new offshore contract by Azule Energy Angola S.p.A., subsidiary of Azule Energy Holdings Limited, an incorporated joint venture between Eni and bp, for the development of the Ndungu Field as part of Agogo Integrated West Hub Project, located approximately 180 km off the coast of Angola. The value of the contract is around 850 million USD. 

Saipem’s scope of work entails the engineering, fabrication, transportation and installation of approximately 60 km of rigid pipelines and of the subsea facilities at a depth of around 1,100 meters, and the transportation and installation of flexible flowlines, jumpers and 17 km of umbilicals. Fabrication activities will be executed at Saipem’s Ambriz yard, in Angola. For the offshore installation campaign Saipem expects to deploy its FDS vessel, for the transportation and laying activities of the rigid pipelines. 

The award of this important project further consolidates Saipem’s positioning in Angola, both in deep waters and in shallow waters, through the provision of innovative and efficient solutions to reduce installation times. 

Pursuant to Article 6 of the Consob Regulation on related party transactions, it is informed that this contract qualifies as a related party transaction – as it is carried out with a subsidiary of a joint venture of the Eni group – “of greater importance” and which, as an “ordinary transaction and carried out at market-equivalent or standard conditions”, benefits from exclusion pursuant to Article 13, paragraph 3, letter c) of the Consob Regulation on transactions with related parties and Article 8.2, letter c) of the Saipem’s Management System Guidelines “Transactions with Related Parties and Parties of Interest”. 

Source: Saipem

ADNOC Drilling secures $1.7 billion drilling contract to deliver 144 unconventional oil and gas wells in UAE

ADNOC Drilling Company has been awarded, by ADNOC, a $1.7 billion contract to provide drilling and associated services for the recovery of unconventional energy resources. The contract will see Turnwell deliver 144 unconventional oil and gas wells. 

To service the contract, and explore the considerable future opportunities in unconventional resources, ADNOC Drilling has incorporated a new company, Turnwell Industries LLC OPC (“Turnwell”). ADNOC Drilling has signed a term sheet to enter into a strategic partnership with Schlumberger Middle East SA (“SLB”) and Patterson-UTI International Holdings, Inc. (“Patterson-UTI”) subject to signing definitive agreements and any necessary regulatory approvals. The new company will be primarily engaged in unconventional drilling operations.

Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, ADNOC Upstream Executive Director and Vice Chairman of ADNOC Drilling, said:” Our goal at ADNOC is to provide the energy and energy products that people depend on every day to power their lives and ensure a just, orderly and equitable energy transition. This award will accelerate the development of Abu Dhabi’s world-class resources to meet the world’s growing demand for affordable, accessible energy. ADNOC Drilling is perfectly placed to responsibly develop these resources. Utilizing partnerships, innovative AI, digitalization and advanced technologies we will unlock Abu Dhabi’s abundant energy resources, to drive value for the UAE.”

Abdulrahman Abdulla Al Seiari, Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC Drilling, said: “Abu Dhabi’s unconventional energy resources are among the world’s largest. This award, for 144 wells is just the beginning. It represents a transformational opportunity for ADNOC Drilling as the UAE’s world class unconventional energy resources will require many thousands more wells and we are in a prime position to deliver them.

‘’It represents a significant expansion of our operations and specialist capabilities and to help us with that, we have set up a new company called Turnwell, and have signed a term sheet with SLB and Patterson-UTI, for potential partnership and support with the latest technology, specialist services and innovations in the unconventional energy drilling space subject to signing definitive agreements and any necessary regulatory approvals.”

Spearheading unconventional energy drilling development within the Middle East region and securing the UAE’s unconventional energy needs and resources, ADNOC Drilling will leverage cutting-edge innovations in AI smart drilling design, completions engineering, and production solutions. This will be enabled by ADNOC Drilling’s recent joint venture with Alpha Dhabi, Enersol, which will see its scalable technology ecosystem bolstered through investments in – and acquisitions of – AI-enabled solutions and innovative technologies. 

This award marks our latest endeavour to support the UAE’s position as a trusted and reliable energy provider and is a key step towards ensuring the nation’s gas growth ambitions. The award solidifies ADNOC Drilling’s leadership in the regional market while also providing a strong new revenue stream for the Company.”

This initial phase of unconventionals development is expected to employ up to nine land rigs, of which five are already included in ADNOC Drilling’s fleet as of 31 December 2023. The contract is expected to start contributing to ADNOC Drilling’s revenue towards the second half of this year. The Company’s full-year 2024 and mid-term guidance only captures this initial award, creating significant potential upside to our business and financials in the mid to long-term.

Source: ADNOC Drilling

TechnipFMC Awarded iEPCI Contract by Woodside Energy for Xena Phase 3 Development

TechnipFMC has been awarded a integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (iEPCI™) contract by Woodside Energy in Australia.

TechnipFMC will design, manufacture, and install the subsea production system, flexible pipe, and umbilicals for the Xena Infill well (XNA03) to support ongoing production from the Pluto LNG Project. The award follows an integrated front end engineering design (iFEED™) study.

The project will use the Company’s Subsea 2.0® production system. Xena Phase 3 will be tied back to existing subsea infrastructure previously supplied by TechnipFMC.

Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “We are proud to be delivering a fully integrated project from concept to execution. This project will help our long-term client meet their objectives, demonstrating the favorable impact iFEED™, iEPCI™, and Subsea 2.0® can have on project economics.”

The contract is the latest call-off on the framework agreement between Woodside Energy and TechnipFMC.

Source: TechnipFMC

ADNOC signs third agreement for Ruwais LNG Project with EnBW Energie

ADNOC announced the signing of a 15-year Heads of Agreement (LNG agreement) with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW), one of the largest energy companies in Germany, for the delivery of 0.6 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The LNG will primarily be sourced from ADNOC’s lower-carbon Ruwais LNG project, currently under development in Al Ruwais Industrial City, Abu Dhabi. The Ruwais LNG plant is set to be the first LNG export facility in the Middle East and Africa region to run on clean power and will leverage the latest technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) tools to minimize emissions and drive efficiency.

This agreement marks the third long-term LNG supply agreement from the project. The deliveries are expected to start in 2028, upon commencement of commercial operations.

Fatema Al Nuaimi, ADNOC Executive Vice President, Downstream Business Management, said: “The Ruwais LNG project continues to gain momentum, reinforcing ADNOC’s position as a reliable global natural gas provider. This new agreement builds on the UAE-Germany Energy Security and Industry Accelerator and will support Germany as it strives to diversify its energy sources and enhance its energy security.”

The UAE-Germany Energy Security and Industry Accelerator (ESIA), signed in 2022, aims to advance cooperation in energy security, decarbonization and lower-carbon fuels. 

Peter Heydecker, EnBW’s Board Member for Sustainable Generation Infrastructure, said: “We are delighted that EnBW has signed its first LNG contract in the Middle East with our experienced partner ADNOC. In doing so, we are taking the next step in terms of diversifying our procurement portfolio and establishing our own LNG value chain. We can also use the experience gained here for our medium-term goal of establishing an import structure for green gases, since the two business fields are very similar.”

The LNG agreement is contingent upon a final investment decision (FID) on the project, including regulatory approvals, and the negotiation of a definitive Sale and Purchase Agreement between the two companies. When completed, the project, which consists of two 4.8 mmtpa LNG liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 9.6 mmtpa, will more than double ADNOC’s LNG production capacity to around 15mmtpa. 

Source: ADNOC

Worley selected for design & evaluation services for the Bayou Bend CCS facility

Worley has been selected to design and evaluate CO2 gathering, handling and sequestration facilities located along the Gulf Coast in Southeast Texas.

Bayou Bend CCS LLC is a joint venture owned by Chevron, Equinor, and TotalEnergies to develop a carbon capture and storage facility in Southeast Texas.

The project has the potential to reduce emissions from regional industrial facilities by sequestering CO2 safely and permanently underground. It includes a CO2 storage footprint of nearly 140,000 acres of pore space.

Worley’s team will carry out the design and evaluation scope of work for the project from our Houston office, with support from our Global Integrated Delivery teams in India.

“The Gulf Coast has one of the heaviest concentrations of CO2 emissions in the US, making this project pivotal for helping hard-to-abate industries, such as refining, cement, steel, chemicals, and manufacturing, to meet their climate goals. Carbon sequestration along the Gulf Coast helps to support a broader national effort to reduce carbon emissions,” said Mark Trueman, Group President, Americas.

“We’re committed to a strong partnership with Bayou Bend, drawing on our global CCUS knowledge and project execution experience. Innovative projects like Bayou Bend will potentially enable CCS at scale and help more companies achieve their net zero goals, supporting our purpose of delivering a more sustainable world.”

Source: Worley

Qatar Inks LTA with Nakilat for Nine LNG Vessels

QatarEnergy signed a long-term agreement with Qatar Gas Transport Company Limited (Nakilat) pursuant to which Nakilat will own and operate nine “QC-Max” class LNG vessels, the largest LNG vessels ever built.

The agreement was signed today by His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of QatarEnergy and Mr. Abdullah Al-Sulaiti, the CEO of Nakilat, in a special ceremony held at QatarEnergy’s headquarters in Doha, and attended by senior executives from QatarEnergy, QatarEnergy LNG, and Nakilat.

The nine QC-Max vessels, with a capacity of 271,000 cubic meters each, constitute half of the 18 advanced QC-Max class LNG vessels that will be constructed at China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard.

To date, QatarEnergy’s fleet expansion program encompassed the execution of shipbuilding contracts and time charter agreements for 104 conventional LNG vessels and 18 QC-Max class LNG vessels, for a total of 122 ultra-modern vessels, with the first new ship expected to be delivered by the end of the third quarter of this year.

Commenting on this occasion, His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said: “We are very proud to have Qatar’s flagship LNG shipping and maritime champion join a list of world-class shipowners operating our state-of-the-art QC-Max LNG vessels – the largest ever built. There is no doubt that this is another testament to Nakilat’s significant capabilities.”

His Excellency Minister Al-Kaabi added: “With last month’s signing of the industry’s largest single shipbuilding contract ever, QatarEnergy is pushing ahead with the implementation of its historic LNG vessel expansion program with full confidence that Nakilat and our selected international shipowners will ensure that our fleet is operated to the highest and most advanced safety, technical and environmental standards.”

Today’s long-term agreement follows February’s selection of Nakilat as the owner and operator of 25 conventional-size LNG vessels. It also follows the signing of similar agreements in Beijing with three Chinese ship owners for the operation of nine new QC-Max class LNG vessels as part of QatarEnergy’s historic LNG fleet expansion program, which will cater for QatarEnergy’s future requirements, as it moves forward with the expansion of its LNG production capacity from the North Field to 142 million tons per annum by 2030.

Source: Qatar Energy

CB&I Awarded Major Contract for LNG Storage Tank in Oman

CB&I, a wholly owned unrestricted subsidiary of McDermott, has been awarded a significant contract by Marsa Liquefied Natural Gas LLC, a joint venture between TotalEnergies and OQ for the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) of a full containment concrete liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tank, located in Oman’s Port of Sohar.

Under the scope of the project, CB&I will provide turnkey EPC services for a 165,000m3 full containment concrete LNG storage tank and associated piping to grade. Project delivery will be executed in Oman, where CB&I has been continually present since 1968, with support from CB&I’s Dubai office.

“Through this project, CB&I will contribute to the construction of one of the lowest GHG emissions intensity LNG plants ever built and the energy transition market in Oman,” said Cesar Canals, President & CEO of CB&I. “It supports our ambition to build storage for projects that will help provide reliable energy to markets with a reduced environmental impact. It will also pave the way for similar storage opportunities in the future and continues our long history of execution excellence in the Middle East, specifically Oman.”

Work is expected to commence with construction activities in the fourth quarter of 2024. The project is targeted for completion in 2028.

Source: McDermott

SLB OneSubsea and Subsea7 Awarded Integrated Contract for OKEA’s North Sea Bestla Project

SLB has announced the award of a sizeable integrated engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract by OKEA to its OneSubsea™ joint venture and Subsea7. The contract will see the partnership develop the Bestla (formerly known as Brasse) Project in the North Sea, offshore Norway, specifically to accelerate the subsea tieback delivery to aging platforms for profitable and sustainable marginal field development.

The two-well project, with a 13-km tieback to the Brage Platform, isthe latest to be signed under the frame agreement signed with OKEA in2017 and furthers SLB OneSubsea and Subsea7’s partnership under itsSubsea Integration Alliance.

Early engagement and collaborative field development planningcombined with North Sea compliant configurable equipment will becritical for enabling profitable and sustainable marginal fielddevelopment. SLB OneSubsea will deliver the subsea production systemwhich will include two subsea trees, a two-slot template, an umbilical,and a control system. Subsea7 will install the subsea production systemand design and install the flowline systems, spools, and protectionmeasures, including rock installation.

“We enjoy a long, productive relationship with OKEA, building uponthe successful execution of the Hasselmus development, the first projectunder our Alliance frame agreement, which was delivered on time and onbudget in October 2023,” said Mads Hjelmeland, CEO of SLB OneSubsea.“Reaching this point has been driven by outstanding collaboration acrossall partners. Our ongoing partnership has enabled us to work togetherto simplify the field layout and secure long lead items and vesselcapacity, which will bring the new wells online quickly andefficiently.”

Bestla was discovered in 2016 but today’s solution proposed by SubseaIntegration Alliance represents the first commercially viable fielddevelopment plan submitted for the Brasse development. The solution iscompliant with NCS2017+ for standardized subsea production systemstailored for application in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and theAlliance will support the local economy by commissioning fabrication andmanufacturing from partners in Norway.

The field is estimated to contain 24 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which two-thirds is oil and the remaining one-third is gas and natural gas liquids. First oil is targeted for Q4 2026.

Source: Slb

Bluewater Bio wins £33M EPC Contract in Bahrain

Bluewater Bio has further enhanced its upgrade of the North Sitra wastewater treatment works, valued at £33 million. This follows previous significant upgrades that are now treating over 50% of the wastewater generated in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Continually recognized by external parties as the fastest growing water technology company in Europe over the years, expansion in the Middle East is an important aspect to their growth strategy.

The contract was formally concluded and signed in Westminster, at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) headquarters. In attendance were senior representatives from both UK and Bahraini Governments.

Bluewater Bio will be responsible for all aspects of engineering, acting as EPC contractor and technology supplier, through the provision of their advanced treatment technologies, HYBACS® and FilterClear®. As the result of population and industrial expansion, additional and enhanced treatment capacity is required to continue to produce treated water suitable for reuse.

Contract duration will be 24 months and, once completed, the works will have a new capacity of 30 MLD, doubling the current volume.

The project marks the company’s fifth significant contract with the Ministry of Works. The quality, performance and reliability of these projects continue to exceed the expectations of the client, whilst maintaining the highest standards of health & safety, both domestically and internationally.

Richard Haddon, Executive Chairman & CEO of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We have been working to support Bahrain in achieving their ambitious National Water Strategy 2030. We have excellent references in the Kingdom that is enabling further growth across the GCC”

Alastair Long, His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, added: “Bluewater Bio have built an excellent relationship in Bahrain and are a well-respected provider of water technologies. I am delighted that they continue to grow in the region and as such, enhance the UK business brand.”

In common with other Gulf states, most potable water is derived from seawater desalination. Consequently, the cost of this water and its embedded energy is high, and supply is limited. To make the best use of this expensive potable resource, it is common practice across the Middle East to reuse wastewater, after filtration and chlorination, for applications such as irrigation and industrial non-potable uses.

Richard Haddon concluded: “I am delighted that our growth strategy is working in the key geographies identified when we started this journey together. Working closely with our clients and producing excellent results, both on time and to budget, is building trust and certainty into these relationships.”  

Source: Bluewater Bio

Kent secures FEED contract for UK Sustainable Aviation Fuel Project with Fulcrum BioEnergy

Kent has announced that it has been awarded the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) contract for a groundbreaking initiative spearheaded by Fulcrum BioEnergy. Fulcrum’s NorthPoint project is designed to convert approximately 600,000 tonnes of pre-processed waste into 100 million litres of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Fulcrum BioEnergy, a prominent US-based clean energy company, has chosen Kent for this crucial project. With a focus on developing projects to produce net-zero transport fuels from waste, Fulcrum has successfully built its first plant in the United States and is now expanding internationally, making its first commercial-scale venture in the UK.

Kent’s involvement builds upon its prior collaboration with Fulcrum, where the company provided valuable study work in the UK. The project has received a significant boost with the allocation of a UK Government Grant under the Advanced Fuels Fund (AFF).

The scope of Kent’s responsibilities encompasses engineering services, cost-estimating, identification of long lead procurement items, managing multiple licensors, and execution planning. This comprehensive approach is designed to support tendering for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and ultimately pave the way for the project to achieve financial investment decision (FID). The physical scope includes process plant units, utilities, third-party connections, and the waste feedstock receipt facility.

Source: Kent

SLB OneSubsea & Subsea7 Signs Long-Term Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Equinor

SLB has has announced that it has signed a new long-term strategic collaboration agreement between Equinor ASA and the Subsea Integration Alliance (which comprises OneSubsea™ and Subsea7). The agreement paves the way for exploratory work to begin on two projects: the Wisting field offshore Norway and Bay Du Nord, off Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The agreement, which was signed in Stavanger, Norway, represents an innovative, integrated way of working. It enables early information sharing, technology innovation and other collaborative benefits critical to unlocking more subsea projects by making them economically viable. Building on their experience as members of the Subsea Integration Alliance, this agreement also further cements OneSubsea and Subsea7’s positions as trusted contractors to Equinor.

“Equinor is working hard to improve and mature the Wisting and Bay du Nord projects. Selecting the supplier at this early stage, is a new way of approaching project development for us, and a vote of confidence to Subsea Integration Alliance. We look forward to develop concepts together, in a process with full visibility on profitability, and joint efforts to make these challenging projects sanctionable,” says Trond Bokn, senior vice president for Project development in Equinor.

“Equinor has long been a crucial customer to our business and to the Alliance. We couldn’t be more proud to be embarking on this collaboration,” said Mads Hjelmeland, CEO of OneSubsea. “Today’s agreement underlines the trusted relationship that we have built over many years and enables us to take our collaboration further by sharing and aligning on goals and values, improving performance and learnings across projects, and unlocking new opportunities to enhance safety, risk management and sustainability results.”

John Evans, CEO of Subsea7 said: “Subsea7 has been collaborating with Equinor for many years to optimize challenging subsea developments ranging from bundle solutions for the Snorre Expansion to the integrated Bacalhau development in Brazil. We look forward to extending and deepening this relationship as we work together to unlock the value in Wisting and Bay du Nord.”

The agreement paves the way for collaboration to begin immediately on early, joint concept studies for two major projects. Under the same agreement, any resulting EPCI execution would be directly awarded to the alliance, if a final investment decision (FID) is made.

Wisting is located in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway. Bay Du Nord is approximately 500 km northeast of St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Bringing together the expertise, experience and capabilities of Equinor, OneSubsea and Subsea7 has enabled further exploratory work across both projects, with the potential for additional opportunities to be unlocked in the short- to medium-term.

Source: Onesubsea

Aker Solutions Awarded an EPCIC Contract for the Mongstad Refinery Upgrade Project

Aker Solutions has been awarded a substantial EPCIC-contract by Equinor to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant facilities and lower the environmental impact of the Mongstad refinery on the west coast of Norway. 

he Mongstad refinery, situated 70 km north of Bergen, is closely integrated with an oil-terminal connected to multiple oilfields in the North Sea. It also interfaces with crude tankers that are docked at the port. The refinery has wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) facilities that are designed to treat water from the refinery, offsite sources and the oil terminal.  

Mongstad plays an important role in the distribution of Norwegian oil and gas, with a long production horizon ahead.   

“Equinor’s goal is to reduce emissions significantly from the Mongstad refinery. This matches our aim to enable our customers to increase efficiency and minimize emissions in their operations, and ensure safe and responsible production”, said Paal Eikeseth, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions’ Life Cycle segment.  

Aker Solutions will be in charge of project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation work, and commissioning in an EPCIC contract.   

Our engineering office in Bergen will be the main location for project management, engineering, and procurement work. In addition, Aker Solutions’ Mumbai office will be involved in engineering. Prefabrication and assembly work will be done from the Egersund yard, while the Stord yard will be responsible for providing construction personnel to the Mongstad site. The project will employ over 500 employees at its peak.  

Aker Solutions previously announced another contract award by Equinor to conduct a feasibility study for its Mongstad Industrial Transformation project.  

The project will start right away and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2026.  

The contract will be booked as order intake in the second quarter of 2024 in the Life Cycle segment. 

Source: Aker Solutions

Wood awarded North Sea decarbonisation project for TotalEnergies

Wood has been awarded a new decarbonisation contract by TotalEnergies (TEPUK) to support flare gas recovery in the North Sea.

The 23-month contract, part of the Elgin-Franklin Flare Gas Recovery System Project, follows Wood’s successful completion of a field study and front-end engineering design (FEED) and includes the coordination of operations, procurement and design aspects for the Elgin asset.

Led by Wood’s team in Aberdeen, this contract will see the company create 40 new positions on and offshore.

This project forms part of TEPUK’s Carbon Footprint Reduction roadmap and will redirect gas that would have previously been flared through a new compressor system offshore to be treated and then reused.

Martin Simmonite, Senior Vice President for UK Operations at Wood, said: “We are delighted to work with TEPUK, supporting the delivery of this decarbonisation initiative and providing end-to-end project lifecycle solutions. Wood is committed to delivering sustainable solutions that contribute to a low carbon future and our teams are well positioned to support TEPUK as they execute their ambitious action plan to reduce emissions across their operations.”

Wood has worked with TotalEnergies for over 20 years, supporting a variety of projects and contracts globally. The Elgin-Franklin field is a series of high pressure, high temperature gas reservoirs, located in the Central North Sea. The field is operated by TotalEnergies, with ENI, Harbour Energy, Ithaca Energy, NEO Energy and ONE-Dyas holding non-operated interests.

Source: Woodplc