Subsea 7 SURFs on West Franklin Field

28 December 2011

Subsea 7 SA has been awarded a SURF contract valued at approximately $185 million from Elf Exploration UK Limited on the West Franklin Field in the Central Graben area of the North Sea.

The contract scope includes engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of the Sealines Package associated with the West Franklin Phase 2 Development. The Sealine Package consists of a 6.2km pipeline bundle incorporating two insulated pipe-in-pipe production pipelines to connect the new West Franklin A and Elgin B platforms, and represents the largest diameter bundle produced and installed to date. A 6.6km umbilical will be laid and trenched adjacent to the bundle.

Engineering and project management will commence later this year, with offshore operations due to commence in summer 2013.

Steph McNeill, Subsea 7′s Vice President, UK said: "We are extremely pleased to be awarded this major award, which represents Subsea 7s expertise in delivering pipeline bundle technology. The product allows efficiencies to be generated by neatly incorporating all the structures, valve work, pipelines and control systems necessary to operate a field in one single product, thus enabling us to effectively manage the challenges of the development, including significant temperatures.