SUBSEA 7 AWARDED CONTRACT FOR THE VITO DEVELOPMENT IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
Subsea 7 has increased its planned activity in the Gulf of Mexico region with the award of a second construction contract for the Vito development. The Vito field is located approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, with water depths up to 4,000ft.
The latest contract was awarded by Enbridge Offshore Facilities, LLC, for the transportation and installation of 50 miles of 18-inch oil export pipelines, 17 miles of 10-inch Gas Export pipelines and three miles of associated Steel Catenary Risers and pipeline end terminations.
Project management and engineering will take place in Houston, Texas, with support from Subsea 7’s offices in Glasgow, UK and Paris, France. Offshore installation activities are scheduled for 2019 and 2020.
Subsea 7 is already providing project management, engineering, procurement, and installation services to Shell Vito, as part of a contract awarded and announced earlier this year. As the contractor selected by both Shell and Enbridge, Subsea 7 is able to manage interface risk between the two contracts and provide optimised and simplified execution.
Craig Broussard, Subsea 7 Vice President for the Gulf of Mexico, said: “This second Vito contract underlines Subsea 7’s reputation in the Gulf of Mexico for providing cost-effective solutions even in the most challenging deepwater environments. The choice of Subsea 7 as the contractor for the subsea scope of both awards enables additional efficiencies and seamless delivery.”
In April 2018 Shell announced the final investment decision for Vito deep-water development in the US Gulf of Mexico. Vito is Shell’s 11th deep-water project in the area. It is currently scheduled to begin producing oil in 2021.
Vito is expected to reach peak production of approximately 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, which represents a significant contribution to Shell’s continued growth in the Gulf of Mexico. The development currently has an estimated, recoverable resource of 300 million boe. (Source: Subsea 7/Shell – Image: Vitol production facility/Subsea 7)