Aquaterra Energy installs Gulf of Suez platform

Offshore engineering solutions provider Aquaterra Energy has designed, fabricated, and installed a new platform for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the lead contractor for Amal Petroleum Company’s Amal field in the Gulf of Suez, off Egypt.

Aquaterra said on Monday that the Sea Swift conductor supported platform (CSP) was installed in 23 meters water depth.

It included a 385-tonne topside featuring a helideck and emergency accommodation with provision for six wells. The new topsides facility for the Amal-C platform involved designing process, piping, electrical, instrumentation, control system, and technical safety scopes of work.

The project, which took 18 months from design to installation, included the design of the new subsea production pipelines to the Amal-A platform, a bridge link to the neighboring Amal-B platform, and reconfiguring the topside pipework.

George Morrison, managing director of Aquaterra Energy, said: “Aquaterra also designed the new subsea production pipelines to the Amal-A platform. We are extremely proud to be working closely with PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the independent Egyptian integrated services provider, to deliver this flagship project from design to delivery.”

The Sea Swift platforms currently operate in shallow water locations in Asia Pacific and West Africa. The company stated that it could increase production from platforms constrained by existing slots enabling wells to be drilled, completed with dry trees and installed before the arrival of the main processing platform.

Morrison added: “The deployment of CSPs is increasing due to growing demand for modularised wellhead platforms which can be built and installed in smaller, discreet packages across a number of fabrication yards. The bespoke design also negates the need for diver or ROV involvement and any hot work which mitigates inherent risk and scheduling barriers, while cutting incremental costs.”

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