ENI Awards Amoca Offshore Contract

McDermott Secures EPC for Topsides and Jacket

Italian oil major ENI has awarded a development contract for its Amoca Field in offshore Mexico to engineering services firm McDermott.

The agreement comprises engineering, procurement and construction of topsides and jacket for a wellhead platform in the Amoca field and is expected to drive significant breakbulk activity from the start of next year.

"This contract marks McDermott's largest award to date with ENI México and it builds on our previous success in delivering ENI's projects with the highest levels of safety, quality and cost-efficiency," said Mark Coscio, senior vice president for North, Central and South America at McDermott.

Load out by year end

The scope of work will involve breakbulk transport of four-deck topsides, each with two main decks weighing about 2,653 tonnes. The additional four-legged jacket and piles will weigh about 1,620 tonnes. The jacket and piles are scheduled to be ready for loadout by the end of the fourth quarter 2019, with McDermott also performing hookup, commissioning and startup of 12 wells. The deck itself is expected to be ready for loadout by the end of the second quarter 2020.

Headquartered in Texas, McDermott is one of the largest integrated onshore-offshore EPC companies in the world following its US$6 billion merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron last year.

Altamira fabrication

Located about 30 kilometers offshore Dos Bocas in southeast Mexico, the construction and installation of wellhead platform one is expected to raise logistical challenges, with cargo shipped from Altamira more than 500 kilometers away.

"For the Amoca Field project, we will provide word-class solutions through our engineering center in Mexico City and our fabrication facility in Altamira to perform the work,” Coscio added.

Consisting of eight producer wells and four water injection wells, the Amoca wellhead platform one is an unmanned oil and gas production facility in Mexico’s Contract Block 1.

The site is at an approximate water depth of 28 meters and fluids will be exported to a floating production, storage and offloading vessel.