Fossil energy – T&I
A significant subcontract for the transportation and installation (T&I) of a large offshore platform is up for grabs in Malaysia linked to the Jerun gas project offshore Sarawak.
Jerun, also known as the Block SK408 phase two project, is operated by SapuraOMV Upstream, a 50:50 joint venture between Austria’s OMV and Malaysia’s SapuraEnergy that in April took the final investment decision on the project.
It is the largest operated project for SapuraOMV and is expected to produce 500 million cubic feet per day of gas when it comes on stream in 2024.
The main contractor for the project is Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering, which in April was awarded a deal for the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation, and hook-up and commissioning of a large offshore central processing gas platform.
However, transport of the platform from MMHE’s yard to the Jerun field will be tasked to a specialist T&I company.
The topsides deck will weigh 15,000 tonnes, the jacket will be 10,000 tonnes and there will also be 5000 tonnes of piles.
Kuala Lumpur-based sources said transport and installation via the floatover method of the topsides deck will be done by an overseas specialist, with Dutch Boskalis mentioned as a leading contender, ahead of one or two other European companies.
The jacket is a relatively standard task compared to the topsides deck, and could be handled by a Malaysian company, said sources familiar with the bidding process.
Boskalis and MMHE are in a legal dispute over the 2020 float over installation of the topsides for the Bokor central processing platform offshore Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur-based sources said any agreement regarding the Jerun T&I contract will take into account, and settle, the Bokor dispute.