With drilling beginning in January 2018, the Greater Enfield Project involves the development of the Laverda Canyon, Norton over Laverda, and Cimatti oil accumulations in Western Australia. All accumulations are situated approximately 60km off the coast of Exmouth in Western Australia, at a water depth of anywhere from 550m to 850m.
The project, owned by the joint venture of Woodside Energy (60%) and Mitsui E&P Australia (40%), is expected to begin production in mid-2019 with a projected investment of approximately AUD$2.4 billion to get the infrastructure installed and the facility up and running.
The Greater Enfield Project has a investment of approximately AUD$2.4 billion to get the infrastructure installed and the facility up and running.
Drilling for the project will include the creation of 12 wells in total, six of these being subsea production wells and the other six being water injection wells integrating subsea multi-phase booster pumps.
As a result of the size of the area and the depth of the water, Woodside has appointed ICON Engineering, an Australian oil and gas company specialising innovative exploration and deployment, as the business to construct the subsea rig and attached interfaces.
ICON Engineering, having operated in the mining and gas industry for the over 20 years, has installed more offshore platforms with jackup drilling rigs than any company worldwide, also deploying and pioneering the world-first min-floatover technology.
David Field, Managing Director of ICON Engineering spoke about the new development: "Woodside has been a client of ICON's for 20 years. It's fitting that in our 20th year, we're able to continue support for Woodside with the development of the Greater Enfield oilfield, and other projects."
"ICON could not have achieved this 20-year milestone without the support of its valued clients, and the dedication of the many brilliant staff who have worked with us over this time. Our staff are our primary assets."
Technip, a leading project manager of subsea, onshore, offshore and surface oil and energy projects, was recently awarded the subsea equipment contract by Woodside for the Greater Enfield Project.
The subsea specialist will be working at a water depth of anywhere between 340m and 850m and supplying "carbon steel production flowline, carbon steel water injection flowline, flexible risers and flowlines totalling 82.2 km, 38.9 km of umbilicals, numerous subsea structures and valves and a multi-phase pump system."
Arnaud Pieton, President of Technip Asia Pacific is "pleased to have been awarded this large contract by Woodside in this competitive business environment, in addition to demonstrating Technip's leadership and long-term presence in Australia and the Asia Pacific."
Running various oil and gas developments around the globe, Technip is a leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. The business has approximately 32,500 employees working on construction and infrastructure solutions for some of the biggest projects on the planet.
Woodside has also signed a substantial contract with Base Marine, a marine services company that owns and operates the only marine supply base in Exmouth, Western Australia. The contract will see Base Marine supply logistics and base support to the greater Enfield project, located approximately 50kms off the coast of Exmouth.
Nick Tutty, Director of Base Marine, is happy to see the contract go ahead as it provides improved job security to the construction crew on-site, with the ability to develop and implement more long-term, strategic plans for the future.
"Between the vessel operators, freight providers, engineering services and other businesses in town, we could easily envisage around 20-30 positions in town being involved in the project at one point or another," said Mr Tutty.
"Between the vessel operators, freight providers, engineering services and other businesses in town, we could easily envisage around 20-30 positions in town being involved in the project at one point or another."
"Exmouth has traditionally filled gaps in supply chains and been used for project work; however, it never made sense to us why you would truck cargo 400km further up the road just to load it on a boat and bring it back to Exmouth.
"Given our capabilities and proximity to the fields where there are several different operators, it would be really great one day to see the companies working together and sharing vessels with an integrated supply chain through Exmouth." (The West)
With production expected to begin in mid-2019, the Greater Enfield project is projected to produce 69 million barrels of oil across the globe. The development marks another significant engineering and constructional feat off the coast of Australia, with the Australian workforce playing an important role in the development of the project.