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Santos initiates Dorado tender opening

Carnarvon on Dorado

Santos has opened a tender for multi-phase flow meters for the front-end engineering and development work at the Dorado development project offshore Western Australia.

The company outlined that the scope of work for the in-line multi-phase flow meters (MPFM) is required for reservoir surveillance and operation purposes on each of the eight wells.

The MPGM supplier will be responsible for specification and design; procurement, fabrication, testing and calibration; certification, quality control and assurance.

The scope of work also includes the preservation, packaging and transport to company nominated location, training, installation and operational support.

Santos highlighted that suppliers interested in the tender must provide a full scope expression of interest by October 2, 2020.

The joint venture project, between Santos (operator, 80 per cent) and Carnarvon Petroleum (20 per cent), reported in July that it was looking ahead to the next stage of development at the Dorado project after launching pre-front end engineering design (pre-FEED) work during the June quarter.

Pre-FEED commenced with a competitive floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) design process, where three contractors have separately undertaken design work to contest for a contract award prior to the FEED phase.

The offshore resource is expected to be developed with up to 16 platform wells drilled by a jack-up drilling rig, which would be connected back to an adjacent FPSO moored in 95m of water above the Dorado field.

The proposed FPSO unit will have processing facilities to stabilise and store the oil and compress and re-inject gas to the reservoir.

Santos anticipates that the development will have an estimated 10-15 years oil life, with a FEED decision targeted for this year, followed by a final investment decision (FID) in 2021 and production ready for start up (RFSU) four years later.   

The JV outlined that these targets are subject to all necessary joint venture approvals, regulatory approvals and appropriate commercial arrangements.

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