Liuhua, China’s largest offshore oil field with an estimated 1 billion barrels of oil in place, will be developed via a pair of tensioned leg platforms (TLPs), floating structures that are anchored to the sea floor by vertically-oriented tendons that keep the production platform stable above it with little to no heave movements.
Technip says today they, and consortium partner China Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC), have been awarded a front end engineering design (FEED) contract by China National Offshore Oil Corporation Limited (CNOOC) for the two TLPs which will be located at Liuhua 11-1 and 16-2 in the South China Sea offshore Hong Kong.
As key technical partner to COOEC, Technip will conduct the FEED work.
The contract covers the design and engineering of the topsides (including two drilling rigs), hulls, mooring and riser systems and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
The TLPs will process the heavy oil and then direct the crude to an FPSO moored nearby, according to a recent feasibility study conducted by DMAR Engineering.
Technip’s operating center in Houston, Texas, USA, will execute the FEED contract.
Deanna Goodwin, President of Technip in North America, stated: “We are very proud to have earned the confidence of our client CNOOC Ltd. and partner COOEC. We are looking forward to developing a strong long-lasting collaboration with both of them on this exciting key project.”