BP selects McDermott and BHGE for subsea contracts for West African development

BP hopes to benefit from McDermott and BHGE's integrated approach and digital solutions to help reduce costs and streamline project delivery.

McDermott's facility and yard located at the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, UAE.
McDermott's facility and yard located at the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, UAE.

McDermott International and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) have announced the selection of front-end engineering design (FEED) studies in advance of an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract worth at least $500mn for BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyim field development, a gas project located on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal.

During this initial engineering phase, McDermott will work on defining the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines scope for the project, while BHGE will focus on the subsea production system scope. The FEED is scheduled to begin and complete this year. The agreement contains a mechanism to allow transition of the contract to a lump sum EPCI contract at a later date. McDermott will work jointly with BHGE to provide an optimised, integrated solution.

“We look forward to partnering again with BP on a significant project to support an efficient and streamlined process towards first gas,” said Scott Munro, Vice President of Americas, Europe and Africa. “Building on our relationship with BP on Angelin, McDermott’s focus on modernised project management and a collaborative approach will create a fully inclusive, open and transparent working environment for BP and major partners to ensure success. Our integrated approach with BHGE will bring the best total solution to BP that we believe will provide schedule and budget certainty.”

“We will be working closely with BP and McDermott on this strategically-important gas project, that will benefit from our extensive knowledge of deep water, large bore gas technologies and FEED capabilities,” said Graham Gillies, Vice President, Subsea Production Systems and Subsea Services at BHGE.

McDermott expects to use the project lifecycle management module from its new digital platform Gemini XD to deliver advanced technology through project execution and the development of a digital twin of the complete system.

The project will also benefit from BHGE’s RealTrack digital collaboration tool which provides live, real-time reporting of schedule progress, document status and issues management for more efficient project execution.

Teams from McDermott and BHGE will perform the project management and FEED work from McDermott’s Epsom facility in the UK.

The Tortue/Ahmeyim field development is located in the C-8 block off the shore of Mauritania and the Saint-Louis Profond block offshore Senegal. The Tortue discovery was made by Kosmos Energy, which farmed down its investment to BP in December 2016. BP now has the largest interest of 60% among the four partners in the project and is the operator.

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