Uptime to provide access solutions for BP’s Tortue Ahmeyim project

Norway’s Uptime International has been awarded a contract from Eiffage Génie Civil Marine for the supply of access solutions for the LNG Hub Marine Terminal for BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

Illustration: The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project

Uptime said on Tuesday that the scope of work would include engineering, design, and supply of access solutions between the terminal and the FLNG vessel.

It consists of two large motion compensated gangways, pedestals, and stair-towers. The project will begin immediately with a project duration of approximately 12 months.

Åge Højmark, CEO of Uptime International, said: “We are very pleased to have been trusted with this contract from Eiffage Génie Civil Marine. With this contract, we have a solid order book and base workload for 2020 which provides a strong foundation for further growth.

“It has been a team effort to win this contract and the entire team is now excited and focused on delivering the project successfully.”

Eiffage won a contract for engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) work on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field as part of a consortium with Italian oilfield contractor Saipem back in March 2019.

Under the €350 million ($400 million) deal, Effiage was awarded work on marine infrastructures on the Tortue LNG hub and terminal. The contract was awarded further to the execution of the FEED contract started in April 2018.

The near-shore hub and terminal marine infrastructure are encompassing berthing facilities for a permanently moored FLNG, the loading of LNG carriers, and an offshore breakwater to shelter those facilities.

The 21 concrete caissons (16,500 tonnes), forming the breakwater will be built by Eiffage in Dakar, Senegal. Also, 2.5 million tons of quarry materials required for the underwater rumble mound for the caissons bed is expected to be produced, transported, and loaded for installation from Mauritania.

As for Saipem’s scope, it includes the use of subsea construction vessel Saipem 3000 for the installation of berthing and loading facilities.

The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project will produce gas from an ultra-deepwater subsea system and mid-water floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which will process the gas, removing heavier hydrocarbon components. The gas will then be transferred to a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility at a nearshore hub.

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