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Total awards Petrofac gas plant contract in the Shetlands

Oilfield Technology,

Petrofac, the international oil and gas facilities service provider, has been awarded a contract worth in excess of £500 million by Total E&P UK Ltd for the development of a gas processing plant on the Shetland Islands. Work is scheduled to begin in October 2010, with first gas expected from the project in Q2 2014.

Petrofac will develop the 500 million ft3/d gas processing plant through its Offshore Engineering & Operations (OE&O) business unit, supported by Engineering & Construction. The project comprises engineering and procurement, supply, construction, commissioning and start-up. The plant, located on Shetland at Sullom Voe, will facilitate the transportation of gas from Total’s Laggan and Tormore fields, which lie 125 km northwest of the Shetland Islands, to the Total operated St Fergus Gas Terminal in Aberdeenshire.

The Laggan and Tormore fields lie in 2000 ft of water, which is the deepest that gas fields have been found on the UK continental shelf. The fields are estimated to contain gas and condensate equivalent to 230 million barrels. Subsea 7 has already been awarded the contracts, worth US$ 250 million, to lay the underwater pipelines and subsea systems for the fields.

Maroun Semaan, Petrofac’s Group Chief Operating Officer, commented, “We are pleased to have been awarded this important contract with Total, a major international customer for our group. The contract, which has been secured following an extensive project definition and competitive bidding process, forms part of the strategic growth plan for the offshore engineering and operations business and marks our first EPC contract in the UK.”

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