BHP has awarded Altera infrastructure Teekay Shipping Norway AS, BW offshore BW offshore Singapore, and SBM offshore Single Buoy Moorings a contract to deliver an early engineering study for a floating and offloading unit (FSO) at the Trion project offshore Mexico.
The studies for the project, which is in the Trion field in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, will be completed by the end of this year.
BHP president operations petroleum Geraldine Slattery said the work reflected another advancement for the Trion project.
“We look forward to working with the selected contractors through this study phase. By engaging with the selected contractors now, we’re better enabled to optimise the design, and contracting and execution strategies for the FSO delivery,” Slattery said.
Earlier this year, BHP announced the contractors selected to deliver an early engineering study for the semisubmersible floating producing unit (FPU) for Trion.
SBM Offshore USA, Technip USA, Genesis North America and McDermott were awarded the design contracts following a competitive tender process, which BHP stated would see work being completed within six months.
BHP holds a 60 per cent interest, and operatorship in Trion, with PEMEX holding the remainding 40 per cent.
The Trion field sits in a water depth of approximately 2500m, approximately 30km south of the United States/Mexico border and approximately 180km from the Mexican coastline.