BHP hires McDermott for Shenzi subsea work

McDermott has secured a contract by BHP to carry out a marine installation campaign for the Shenzi Subsea Multiphase Pumping Project (SSMPP) in the Gulf of Mexico.

The scope of work includes project management, design and fabrication of a pump station suction pile, umbilical installation and flexible jumpers and flying leads installation, transport of materials and equipment, and pre-commissioning services and other necessary testing and surveys.

Engineering, procurement and project management services will be led by McDermott’s Houston engineering group.

The company’s North Ocean 102 vessel will be used for the transport and installation of the material and equipment.

The project will commence immediately and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with BHP through this latest contract award,” said Mark Coscio, senior vice president for McDermott’s North, Central and South America region.

“McDermott’s North Ocean 102 vessel is uniquely qualified to transport and install the materials and equipment for the Shenzi project scope – as well as perform pre-commissioning testing and other necessary surveys to safely deliver for the customer.”

The Shenzi Subsea Multiphase Pumping Project is located approximately 138 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico at a water depth of 4,400 feet.

BHP, the operator of the Shenzi field, entered into a deal with Hess late last year to boost its Shenzi interest. After completion of the agreement in November 2020, BHP’s stake in the field increased from 44% to 72%.

McDermott is currently providing Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of a semi-submersible floating production unit (FPU) for the Trion Project in the Gulf of Mexico, another BHP project, in partnership with Pemex.

The U.S. engineering firm was previously awarded and completed services under an initial pre-FEED contract for the Trion FPU.