Aquaterra to design offshore platform for Chevron off Angola

Aquaterra Energy, a provider of offshore engineering solutions, has secured a “significant” agreement from Chevron to design and support the installation of the Sea Swift offshore platform solution off the coast of Angola.

Illustration; Sea Swift platform; Source: Aquaterra

Aquaterra said on Tuesday that the deal from Chevron was awarded through the oil major’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Angola – Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC).

Destined for the Lifua-A field, the conductor supported platform (CSP) will be designed and installed in 60 meters of water.

Sea Swift was chosen for its modular design to minimize build and implementation time and for the ability to fabricate the platform locally in Cabinda, Angola. Aquaterra Energy will manage the entire project scope via its in-house engineering and project management teams and will employ both Angolan fabrication and installation support.

Stewart Maxwell, technical director at Aquaterra, said: “CSPs are sometimes misunderstood and can often be overlooked for more traditional jacketed platforms.

“However, CSPs like Sea Swift can be installed by jack-up, so that operators can take advantage of the infrastructure they have available in the field, without the need to mobilize other assets – saving valuable time and resources.”

Sea Swift is a minimum-facility offshore platform for rapid returns in shallow waters. Aquaterra claims that Sea Swift minimizes build and implementation times using well conductors as the structural support for the topside and reduces time to first oil and lower capital investment.

“This will be our fifth Sea Swift platform in West Africa and highlights the growing importance of flexible platform fabrication that can not only help local content rules but also reduce environmental impact via innovative installation options,” added Maxwell.

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