Field/project development

GATE Energy Joins Ranks of Contract Awardees for Noble’s Leviathan Project

GATE Energy is the most recent contract awardee for Noble Energy’s Leviathan project offshore Israel. It will provide the commissioning of the production platform for the megaproject.

Tamar Platform, offshore Israel.

GATE Energy has been selected as the provider for facility commissioning of the Leviathan project platform for Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd. The associated scope includes topside commissioning planning, onshore commissioning execution, and offshore commissioning services of the production platform for the Leviathan field development project, GATE said in a press release.

Leviathan is a natural gas megaproject offshore Israel with first gas targeted for the end of 2019. Noble Energy is the operator of the Leviathan field, which contains approximately 22 Tcf of gross recoverable resources and represents Noble’s third major gas development in the region.

Steven Guy, president of commissioning, said, "This award highlights the capability of GATE as a world leader in commissioning services. GATE is very excited to continue our commissioning services partnership with Noble Energy …. GATE is proud to represent the best interests of Noble Energy as we support the delivery of a world-class project. This award is a testament to the trust-based relationships we develop with our clients and our ongoing commitment to health, safety and the environment. These have driven increased backlog for the years ahead, even in the face of intense global competition."

Contracts Awarded, Project On Budget and On Schedule

In its 3Q report, Noble said Phase 1 development is 23% completed and critical path procurement activities are 100% completed. Construction of the production platform is underway, and the project remains on budget and schedule with first gas by the end of 2019.

Ensco announced in June that its ultradeepwater drillship ENSCO DS-7 was awarded a contract by Noble to drill two wells and complete four production wells at the Leviathan field development. The contract is expected to begin in March 2018 and be completed in December 2018. The contract also includes four one-well-priced customer options that if fully exercised would extend the contract into 2020.

Dyna-Mac in June announced it was awarded the contract by Cameron Solutions, a Schlumberger company acting through its Process Systems Group, for the fabrication of a monoethylene glycol (MEG) reclamation unit for the Leviathan production platform. The fabrication is expected to be completed by 3Q 2018.

Bureau Veritas, a provider of testing, inspection, and certification services, was awarded a contract in April to provide independent assessment of compliance with project requirements, focusing on the review and verification of design, engineering, fabrication, installation, and commissioning of the safety-critical elements of the project.

Trendsetter Engineering was awarded multiple contracts to design and manufacture subsea production equipment, including multiple clamp connection systems, subsea distribution equipment, MEG filter modules, 2-in. connection systems, and subsea manifolds. The equipment deliveries were to begin in late 2017 through late 2018.

Sandvik Materials Technology won a contract to be the sole provider of stainless steel umbilical tubes for the Leviathan gas field.

OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, was awarded a contract for the supply of 10,000-psi horizontal production trees, tree-mounted controls, off-tree controls, and topside controls. The subsea control system will use traditional electro-hydraulic controls and a fiber-optic communications link to the topside controls.

Schlumberger was awarded a contract for the provision of a measurement and control system. The valves and measurement system will include two large, multirun metering skids, Caldon gas and liquid ultrasonic custody transfer meters, a bidirectional prover, and a building to house multiple natural gas component analyzers and supervisory control systems.

Wood Group Mustang was awarded the contract to provide the front-end engineering and design work for the project’s production platform in June 2016.

Quick Facts: Leviathan Project
Noble sanctioned the first phase of the offshore Israel project in February.

Initial development includes four subsea wells, each capable of flowing more than 300 MMcf/d of natural gas. Initial Leviathan proved reserve bookings associated with the investment are 3.3 Tcf net (9.4 Tcf gross) and are expected to be recorded in 2017. This translates into approximately 550 million bbl of oil equivalent net, representing an increase of over 35% to total company reserves.

Production will be gathered at the field and delivered via two 73-mile flowlines to a fixed platform, with full processing capabilities, located approximately 6 miles offshore. The Leviathan platform will have an initial deck weight of 22,000 tons.Processed gas will connect to the Israel Natural Gas Lines Ltd. onshore transportation grid in the northern part of the country and to regional markets via onshore export pipelines. The approved development plan allows for future expansion from its initial 1.2 Bcf/d capacity to 2.1 Bcf/d.The company expects to complete project installation and initiate commissioning in the fourth quarter of 2019.