James Fisher Subsea Excavation to Deliver First  Project in Offshore Libya

James Fisher Subsea Excavation to Deliver First Project in Offshore Libya

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12 May 2016

The world’s leading provider of mass flow excavation services is to play an integral role in the efforts to replace a major floating storage offloading (FSO) vessel off the coast of Libya.

James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, will deploy its innovative tools and expertise to support its client, EMAS-AMC, at the Bouri oilfield with post-lay trenching and backfilling services, ensuring safe and efficient delivery of this critical project.

Global offshore marine construction contractor EMAS-AMC is responsible for the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of new offshore facility, FSO Gaza, at the Bouri oilfield. Bouri, considered to be the Mediterranean’s largest producing oilfield 120 km from the Libyan shore, is operated by Italian oil company Eni with the National Corporation of Libya as a partner.

JFSE’s non-contact method is essential for this project, delivering enhanced safety during operations close to existing assets, as the new flowline is to be laid adjacent to an existing power cable. The company’s patented T4000 and TwinR2000 tools will carry out precise excavation on the flexible flowline, which will be installed from a platform to a subsea structure.

Phil Long, Project Manager at EMAS-AMC, said: "This is an important project for the energy industry in Libya, and in fact, worldwide. We recognise the need to work with the leading suppliers of the services we’re tendering to ensure a smooth, cost-efficient and time-effective completion of key parts of this major project. We are confident JFSE’s tools and expertise are the solution for the subsea excavation element of this project.”


The project is the company’s first in offshore Libya as it focuses on expanding its global footprint.

JFSE has the world’s largest and most diverse fleet of mass flow excavation spreads, ensuring customers are provided with a tailored solution to their project requirements. The team’s significant global expertise delivering almost 400 projects over a period of 16 years means its customers are benefitting from the most in-depth knowledge and understanding of the mass flow excavation process.

Kenneth Mackie, managing director of James Fisher Subsea Excavation, said: "Our expert knowledge and market-leading tools will provide the most time-effective and cost-efficient solution for EMAS-AMC for this part of the project. The non-contact method is essential in protecting the existing power cable.

"Over the years, we have supported scores of clients worldwide with sensitive excavation requirements subsea. This is our first contract in Libya and growing our global footprint is an opportunity to show how our mass flow excavation services can help clients in more regions and industries deliver their projects safely, quicker and cheaper than alternative methods.”