Frontera Offshore will begin the cable lay scope using a specially equipped pipelay vessel in April for Eni’s Amoca-Miztón project in Area 1 in the shallow waters offshore Mexico, with early oil production for the fast-track project expected to start mid-year. The Area 1 development is on target to be the first offshore oil production by a foreign energy company following Mexico’s energy reform.
Along with UK-based Maritime Developments Ltd, Frontera Offshore is working with Houston-based offshore mooring systems provider Delmar Systems for a portion of the job. The project will use a shoreside pull-in winch and spooling unit on board the heavy-lift and pipelay vessel Sapura Kencana 3500 as part of the cable lay equipment spread. Owned by Malaysia-based Sapura Energy, Sapura Kencana 3500 is capable of working in depths up to 200 m with a 10-point mooring system.
Frontera Offshore chief executive Brad McNeill said this is the first project of its kind in Mexico, where the client’s vessel will be outfitted with a modular cable lay equipment spread.
Amoca-Miztón project lies in Area 1, located in the shallow waters of the Campeche Bay. Controlled 65% by Eni and 35% by Qatar Petroleum, it is estimated to hold 2.1Bn barrels of oil equivalent in place (90% oil) in the Amoca, Miztón and Tecoalli fields.
Eni has set the capital expenditure on the project at US$2Bn. An early production startup of Area 1 is planned for mid-2019 through a well head platform located on the Miztón field. Production will be sent onshore through a 10-inch multiphase line and treated at an existing Pemex facility. Early production plateau will be 8,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd). Full field production will begin in early 2021 with a floating production, storage and offloading facility with a treatment capacity of 90,000 bopd. Two additional platforms will be installed on the Amoca field and one on the Tecoalli field.
Area 1 oil production plateau will be 90,000 bopd and 65M ft3 per day for a total of 102,000 boe from 2021.