McDermott lands Zama project work

McDermott International has been awarded a contract for concept and engineering services for Talos Energy for the Zama field development project – the first offshore Mexico block awarded to a private operator.

The contract award is for engineering services, including concept selection and follow-on pre-FEED, McDermott said on Thursday.

McDermott will execute this contract award with io oil & gas consulting, a joint venture between McDermott and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE). McDermott will manage all phases of the engineering services process and will workshare engineers and designers in Mexico City and will receive continuous support from io and input from the customer.

Based on the final concept solution identified by io, McDermott will provide the follow-on pre-FEED services for the Zama development. Work on the concept selection has begun with expected completion in the third quarter 2019.

Richard Heo, Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America, said: “Early engagement during the conceptual and pre-FEED phases is a strategy that is proving beneficial to our customers. With high estimated oil production, designing an efficient concept solution, in combination with the integrated pre-FEED studies, allows us to help Talos maximize the value of this important greenfield project.”

The Zama field is located in Block 7 of the Sureste Basin offshore Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico and has a water depth of approximately 540 feet (165 meters). The field was discovered in July 2017, and Zama-1 was the first exploration well drilled offshore Mexico by a private sector operator.

Talos estimates the field has 400-800 million recoverable barrels of oil equivalent (MBOE), with an estimated peak production of approximately 150 MBOE/day. Appraisal activities are planned for late 2018 with two additional wells and first oil is expected by 2022.

The Zama field development project has shared participating interest among Talos Energy (35%), Sierra Oil and Gas (40%) and Premier Oil (25%).

The contract award will be reflected in McDermott’s fourth quarter 2018 backlog.

Earlier in November, Talos said it had set the date for the start of the appraisal drilling at its giant Zama discovery. Following the recent approval of the appraisal plan, the company will spud the first appraisal well – Zama-2 – in late November of 2018, using the Ensco 8503 drilling rig.

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