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Subsea 7 Scoops West Franklin Surf

22 December 2011

Offshore engineering player Subsea 7 has been awarded the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines contract for the West Franklin field in the Central Graben area of the North Sea.

The $185 million contract was awarded by Total subsidiary Elf Exploration and will see Subsea 7 carry out the engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of the sealines package associated with the West Franklin phase two development.

The sealine package includes a 6.2 kilometre pipeline bundle incorporating two insulated pipe-in-pipe production pipelines to connect the new West Franklin A and Elgin B platforms.

"The product allows efficiencies to be generated by neatly incorporating all the structures, valve work, pipelines and control systems necessary to operate a field in one single product, thus enabling us to effectively manage the challenges of the development, including significant temperatures, Subsea 7 vice president UK, Steph McNeill, said.

Subsea 7 added a 6.6 kilometre umbilical would also be laid and trenched adjacent to the pipeline bundle.

Engineering and project management will start before the end of the year with offshore operations scheduled to commence in the summer of 2013.

The West Franklin field straddles blocks 29/05b and 29/04d and holds estimated reserves of 85 million barrels of oil equivalent.