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Total starts to award EPC packages for Congo Moho-Nord project

Technip won Moho Nord Subsea and Pipeline package

2B1st_Project_Smart_Explorer_Sales_Pursuit_ToolTotal from France, and its partners, Chevron from USA and the local Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (SNPC) selected Technip France to provide engineering, procurement, supply, construction and installation (EPSCI) services for the subsea and pipeline package of the Moho Nord project offshore  the Republic of Congo (Congo of Congo Brazzavile).

In March 2013, Total and its partners made the final investment decision (FID) for the Moho Nord project.

This Moho Nord project is a development at the north of the Moho Bilondo license where Total is the operator with working interests shared as following:

Total_Moho-Nord_FPU_Project_Congo_Map1 – Total 53.5% is the operator

 – Chevron 31.5%

 – SNPC 15%

The Moho Nord project is to develop major discoveries, Marine 2 and 3, in the upper north of the Moho Bilondo license.

These Marine fields stand by 450 to 1,200 meters of water depth and 1,800 total depth, approximately 77 kilometers from Pointe-Noire, on the coast of Congo.

With these discoveries Total adds 485 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of reserves and is targeting 140,000 boe /d of additional production by 2017 to the actual production of Moho Bilondo License.

With a first floating production unit (FPU) put in production in 2008 with the Moho Bilondo Phase 1E, Total and its partners are currently extracting 90,000 b/d of crude oil.  

Doris completed FEED for Moho Nord project

On first quarter 2013, Doris Engineering (Doris) from France completed the front end engineering and design (FEED) of the project with the support of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the Tension Leg Platform (TLP).

Total and its partners are planning to develop Mohor Nord in two phases:

 – Moho Bilondo Phase 1 bis

 – Moho Nord

The development of these two phases will require Total and its partners Chevron and SNPC an investment of $10 billion capital expenditure.

With the Moho Bilondo Phase 1 bis, Total is proceeding to the expansion of Moho Bilondo including:

 – 11 subsea new wells to be tied-back to the existing Alima FPU

 – 40,000 boe/d processing capacity to be added on the actual FPU

On the Moho Nord, Total is planning a new development with a standalone offshore infrastructure comprising:

Technip_Moho-Nord_Subsea_Pipeline_EPC_Package – A new FPU

 – A new-build tension leg platform (TLP) to support wellheads

 – 17 subsea wells to be tied-back to the new FPU

 – 17 subsea wells to be connected to the TLP

 – Oil export pipelines to connect the new-build FPU to the onshore Djeno terminal in Congo

 – Gas export pipeline to N’Kossa platform

The produced oil, gas and condensate will be processed on the FPU before being exported to shore.

For this Moho Nord project, as for most of the projects in West Africa now, the local content is a key factor of decision giving priority to the companies with engineering and construction capacities in Congo.

In this context, Total and its partners awarded Technip an EPSCI contract including the pre-commissioning for Moho Nord.

Based on a lump sum basis the contract also covers the project management consultancy.

The package awarded to Technip includes

230 kilometers of rigid pipelines

 – 23 kilometers of flexible pipes

 – 50 kilometers of umbilicals

 – Jumpers for interconnections

 – The installation of the multiphases jumpers, manifolds, pumps and control systems equipment supplied by Total.

The TLP was designed by Doris and HHI during the FEED stage with a contract to allow Total to convert the FEED into EPC contract.

This TLP should support 27 wellheads and weight 13,000 tons.

Amec-SHI, Doris-HHI, Saipem-STX in competition

Regarding the FPU of the Moho Nord project, three consortium are in competition:

 – Doris with HHI

 – Amec Samsung Oil & Gas (ASOG), the new joint venture between Amec and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) based in Houston, Texas.

 – Saipem with STX and the support of the Chinese Dalian Shipyard.

This FPU should weight 15,000 tons for the hull and 7,000 tons for the topsides for a length of 188.5 meters and a width of 34 meters.

Total_Moho-Nord_FPU-and-TLP_CongoEstimated to cost $1.3 billion the FPU should have the capabilities to:

 – Process 100,000 b/d of crude oil

 – Treat 45 million cf/d of natural gas

 – Handle 75,000 b/d of water

 – Host 80 permanent persons in living quarter

Since the FID is made, Total and its partners Chevron and SNPC are willing to proceed on fast track, as mentioned by Technip, so that Moho Bilondo Phase 1 bis should come on stream in 2015 and Moho Nord in 2016.

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