UK: Ithaca Energy Awards Flowline Installation & FPSO Mooring System Contract for Athena Field

Ithaca Energy Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited (“Ithaca” or the “Company”), an independent oil & gas company with exploration, development and production assets in the UK sector of the North Sea, announces that the contracts for the  installation of subsea equipment and the installation of the FPSO mooring system for the Athena development has been awarded to Bibby Offshore Limited (“Bibby Offshore”). The contracts were awarded after an extensive tendering exercise with bids being received from  a number of installation contractors active within the North Sea.

For the subsea installation contract, Bibby Offshore will install subsea manifolds, flowlines, power cables and umbilicals between the subsea wellheads and the floating production, storage and offloading (“FPSO”) vessel ‘BW Athena’. This work includes both the 2km seabed sections (which will be trenched) and the dynamic riser sections leading to the buoy connecting the system to the FPSO.

For the FPSO mooring system contract, Bibby Offshore will install an APL STP Buoy. The STP Buoy is a mooring line tethered buoy utilised to locate the FPSO at the Athena site. This work includes the installation of nine suction piles, and associated anchor lines. Notes: The initial development consists of four production wells supported by one water injection well. Production will be routed via the subsea manifold and a two kilometre, 8  inch flowline to the FPSO. Oil production will be exported via shuttle tankers. Produced gas will be used to generate power on the FPSO. On September 9, 2010, the Company announced the award of two major contracts; the provision of an FPSO and the provision of a semi-submersible drilling rig.

On September 20, 2010, The Company received Field Development Plan approval from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. First production from the field is planned for Q3 2011.

The Athena Joint Venture Partners are Ithaca (operator, 22.5%), Dyas UK Ltd (47.5%), EWE Aktiengesellschaft (20%) and Zeus Petroleum Limited (10%).

Source: Ithaca Energy , December 2, 2010

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