MODEC, Saipem and Technip have won contracts for the Exxon Mobil-operated Uaru project offshore Guyana.

Exxon Mobil and its partners announced sanction on the $12.7 billion project on April 27, and contracts started rolling out in short order.

MODEC announced May 8 that it will move forward with engineering, procurement and construction for the FPSO destined for the Uaru Field. The contract also includes installation of the FPSO, named Errea Wittu, meaning abundance. Under the deal, MODEC will provide operations and maintenance service of the FPSO for a decade following first oil.

Errea Wittu will combine the development of the Snoek, Mako and Uaru resources in the Stabroek block. It will be deployed approximately 200 km offshore Guyana in 1,690 m of water using a SOFEC Spread Mooring System.

The FPSO, which will be based on MODEC’s M350 newbuild hull, will be able to process 250,000 bbl/d, store 2 MMbbl of crude oil and treat 540 MMcf/d of associated gas. It will also have 350,000 bbl/d of water injection capacity and be able to handle 300,000 bbl/d of produced water.

Modec Uaru 3Dmodel
MODEC’s 3D model of the Uaru FPSO. (Source: MODEC)

Offshore Frontier Solution Pte. Ltd. (“OFS”), a MODEC Group Company and joint venture with Toyo Engineering Corp., will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the FPSO.

The contract award is the first FPSO MODEC will supply for use in Guyana, and the first project with Exxon Mobil since delivering the FSO Kome Kribi 1 in Cameroon for Esso Chad in 2003, Takeshi Kanamori, president & CEO of MODEC, said in a press release.

Saipem announced May 4 it will handle the design, fabrication and installation of subsea structures, risers, flowlines and umbilicals for the subsea production facility in 2,000 m water depth. Saipem’s FDS2 and Saipem Constellation will carry out the work.

In mid-December 2022, Saipem announced it had begun detailed engineering and procurement for the Uaru project.

On May 2, TechnipFMC announced it had won the contract to supply the subsea production system for Uaru. Under the contract, TechnipFMC will provide project management, engineering and manufacturing for the overall subsea production system. The award covers 44 subsea trees and associated tooling, as well as 12 manifolds and associated controls and tie-in equipment.

Exxon Mobil operates the Stabroek block with 45% interest on behalf of partners Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. with 30% and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Ltd. with 25%.


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