Woodside orders pipe for Mexican deepwater oil project from Greek supplier

Greece’s Corinth Pipeworks, the steel pipe segment of Cenergy Holdings, has secured a contract it deems as significant with Woodside Energy to deliver pipes for a deepwater oil project offshore Mexico.

Trion FPU concept image; Source: Woodside

Under the contract, Corinth Pipeworks will manufacture and supply approximately 118 kilometers of high-frequency welded (HFW) steel pipes for the Trion field, located in the Perdido Fold Belt in Mexican waters of the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 180 kilometers off the Mexican coastline and 30 kilometers south of the U.S.-Mexico maritime border.

The scope of supply also includes the application of external coating and concrete weight coating (CWC), all of which will be performed at the same location as the pipe manufacturing. 

According to the Greek company, this integrated approach ensures optimal quality control and efficiency throughout the production and coating processes.

“We are delighted to be selected by Woodside Energy for the Trion offshore project,” said Ilias Bekiros, General Manager at Corinth Pipeworks. “This award underscores our commitment to delivering high-quality solutions that meet the stringent demands of deepwater energy developments. We look forward to contributing to this groundbreaking project.”

Trion is poised to be the first production site from Mexico’s deepwater with the potential for future discoveries to be tied back to its facilities. It is an alliance between operator Woodside Petróleo Operaciones de México (60%) and Pemex Exploración y Producción (40%).

The development involves a wet tree subsea system connected to an infield floating production unit (FPU), which will be linked to a floating storage and offloading (FSO) unit.

The FID for the project was revealed in June 2023 and in August Woodside received a stamp of approval from the Mexican regulator for the field development plan (FDP). The Mexican Ministry for Energy gave its approval for the social impact assessment of the project this February.

Subsea7 is in charge of the engineering, construction, and installation of the subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines, as well as the associated subsea architecture for the project, China’s COSCO Shipping & Guangzhou Salvage Heavy Transport (CSGS) will carry the FPU to the project site, while Dril-Quip will deliver subsea wellhead systems.