Offshore/subsea systems

Egypt’s Burullus Gas Awards Subsea Engineering Contract

The award to Norway’s Longitude Engineering covers deepsea design and engineering services for Phase 10 of Egypt’s West Delta Deep Marine Concession.

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Egypt’s Burullus Gas Co. has awarded a contract to Norway’s Longitude Engineering for subsea design and engineering services for Phase 10 of the West Delta Deep Marine concession (WDDM) in the Mediterranean Sea.

Located 90 km offshore Egypt in the north-west Nile Delta, WDDM is a part of the Burullus gas field which supplies gas to the country’s domestic market as well as to the Egyptian Liquefied Natural Gas plant.

As operator, Burullus Gas oversees the concession’s continuing expansion, Phase 10, which will bring three subsea wells online to supplement the existing 70 wells currently producing in water depths ranging from 450 to 660 m.

Longitude’s design and engineering services will cover various phases of the project including vessel assurance for cable-laying operations, detailed design of cable routing and crossing, jumpers design, and the development of the project’s related safety studies to support cable and jumper installation, according to a company press release.

Also included in the contract is the verification and development of fabrication and assurance drawings and reports in connection with mud mats and a new jumper design.

All services will be provided by Longitude as subcontractor Egypt’s Petroleum Marine Services which has been selected as the EPCI (engineering, procurement, construction, and installation) contractor and vessel owner.

WDDM Expansion Advances Egypt’s Energy Hub Ambitions

Burullus Gas is a joint venture comprising Shell Egypt (BG Delta Ltd.), a subsidiary of Shell plc., Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. (EGAS), Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. (EGPC), and Malaysia’s Petronas.

After having already shepherded the WDDM concession across nine development phases, the partners signed an agreement to initiate Phase 10 in July 2023. The concession spans 17 gas fields in water depths of 300 to 1200 m.

In a press release issued by Shell at the time, Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla called the agreement to initiate Phase 10 of the development “a significant step” that will “strengthen our longstanding partnership with Shell (and support Egypt’s) ambition to become a regional energy hub.”

Longitude is part of ABL Group ASA, an Oslo-listed international consultancy that specializes in engineering, design, and analysis,

ABL Group’s energy and marine consultancy ABL has worked in the Egyptian market since 2018, the company said in a press release.