Platform supplier prolongs stay at Total’s Egina project

Caracal Oil & Gas Support Group has secured a contract extension for the platform supply vessel (PSV) Hellespont Dawn for the provision of transportation and logistics support services on Total’s Egina field off Nigeria.

Caracal said on Thursday that this award of a term charter was in addition to previous contracts for two crew boats – MV Philomena and MV Sultan for infield and crew transfer services on the same project.

According to the company, the contracts cover a number of services including the transportation of goods, equipment, and personnel to offshore vessels.

The Hellespont Dawn was built by Cochin Shipyard in India in 2009. The 74-meter long and 16-meter wide vessel has a deadweight of 3,250 tonnes and is owned and managed by German company Hellespont Shipmanagement.

The contract starts this month and will see the vessels operating on the Egina field located some 150 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria, in water depths of up to 1,750 meters.

Infrastructure on the field will include an FPSO, an oil offloading terminal, and subsea production systems that will include 52 kilometers of oil and water injection flowlines, 12 flexible jumpers, 20 kilometers of gas export pipelines, 80 kilometers of umbilicals, and subsea manifolds. At its peak, production at the field is expected to reach 200,000 barrels per day.

The FPSO, operated by Total, will begin production in 2018. It is 330 meters in length, 61 meters across and 34 meters high, with a storage capacity of 2.3 million barrels of oil.

Olumayowa Ogunnusi, Caracal CEO, said: “The choice of the award to Caracal is another milestone for the company and indeed is great news for our operations in Nigeria. It is a reflection of the confidence of Total and the main contractor Saipem have in Caracal.”

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