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Nexans to supply subsea cables for Marjan expansion project

French offshore cabling specialist Nexans has been awarded a purchase order to supply subsea cables for the offshore Marjan increment development mega-project on the eastern coast of the Arabian Gulf.

Image: Nexans

Nexans said that it would supply two lengths of 90 kilometers of 230kV HVAC three-core subsea power cables with an internal fiber optical element.

The company will deploy its Nexans Aurora cable-laying vessel, still under construction, to complete the Marjan program work.

Ole Kristian Mysen, export sales manager for submarine and land systems at Nexans, said: “Nexans is delighted with the trust shown in us, and we’re looking forward to adding the Marjan increment development project to our strong track record of subsea projects, building on over 60 years of experience in submarine cable systems around the world.”

The composite submarine cables for the link will be produced by Nexans Norway plant in Halden, while the fiber optical cable will be produced by the company’s specialized factory in Rognan. The cable installation is expected to begin in February 2022.

Discovered in 1967, the Marjan field is one of the oldest and biggest offshore oil and gas fields in the Arabian Gulf. It is currently undergoing expansion under the Marjan increment program (MIP) announced in 2017.

Saudi Aramco, the owner and operator of the field, announced the implementation of MIP to expand the crude production from the field to 800,000 barrels per day. It will help the oil major to maintain its overall maximum sustained crude production capacity at 12 million barrels a day.

Front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies were started in 2017, while multiple developmental work packages for the expansion project were awarded in 2018 and 2019.

This development program includes a new offshore gas-oil separation plant, and 24 offshore oil, gas, and water injection platforms.

It is also worth mentioning that Saudi Aramco awarded $18 billion worth of contracts for the engineering, procurement, and construction to boost production from both the Marjan and Berri offshore fields in July 2019.

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