McDermott, Baker Hughes to Perform FEED Studies for African Pipeline Construction Project

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McDermott International, Inc. and Baker Hughes (BHGE), a GE company, have been awarded a contract to perform front-end engineering design (FEED) studies in advance of an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyim Field Development, a major gas project located on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal.

During this initial engineering phase, McDermott will work on defining the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) scope for the project, while BHGE will focus on the subsea production system (SPS) scope.

“We look forward to partnering again with BP on a significant project to support an efficient and streamlined process towards first gas,” said Scott Munro, McDermott’s Vice President of Americas, Europe and Africa. “Building on our relationship with BP on Angelin, McDermott’s focus on modernized project management and a collaborative approach will create a fully inclusive, open and transparent working environment for BP and major partners to ensure success. Our integrated approach with BHGE will bring the best total solution to BP that we believe will provide schedule and budget certainty.”

McDermott expects to use the Project Lifecycle Management (PLM) module from its new digital platform Gemini XD to deliver advanced technology through project execution and the development of a digital twin of the complete system.

The project will also benefit from BHGE’s RealTrack digital collaboration tool which provides live, real-time reporting of schedule progress, document status and issues management for more efficient project execution. RealTrack is designed to help customers optimize their operations, respond quickly to arising issues and plan effectively for changing requirements as projects evolve.

Teams from McDermott and BHGE will perform the project management and FEED work from McDermott’s Epsom facility in the United Kingdom.

The FEED studies are scheduled to be completed this year. The agreement also contains a mechanism to allow transition of the contract to a lump sum EPCI contract at a later date.

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