McDermott has announced in an online statement that it has been awarded “a sizeable contract” by BHP Billiton Petróleo Operaciones de México, S. De R.L. De C.V. (BHP) to provide pre-front-end engineering design (pre-FEED) services for a floating production unit (FPU).

The FPU will be installed in a water depth of approximately 2,500 metres at the Trion field, which is located approximately 19 miles south of the US/Mexico border and approximately 112 miles from the Mexican coastline.

The deal includes pre-FEED services, an engineering package, and an analysis of floating production unit for the Trion project, it said. The pre-FEED scope includes engineering tasks related to the configuration, sizing and preliminary analysis of the FPU, including topsides, hull, risers and mooring.

To undertake the project, McDermott will work in partnership with Houston Offshore Engineering (HOE) and Wood on the pre-FEED, with McDermott’s Houston office leading engineering services (supported by its Mexico City office) and HOE and Wood providing engineering for the hull and topsides, respectively. 

The project will begin immediately with completion projected in the third quarter of 2020. The contract award will be reflected in McDermott’s first quarter 2020 backlog.

McDermott will perform project management, execution planning and estimation services, for which installation studies will be performed by McDermott’s Marine Operations. Technical support for fabrication and integration planning will be handled by McDermott’s Mexico-based Altamira Fabrication Yard.

Elsewhere, McDermott is currently delivering the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF), transportation and installation (T&I), pre-commissioning of one jacket and topsides for the BHP Ruby Project, located offshore Trinidad and Tobago. It is also providing FEED activities for an FPU for the Scarborough field gas development in Western Australia, of which BHP is a partner with Woodside.

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31st March 2020