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TechnipFMC takes out R-series umbilicals job

French player wins contract from Indian giant Reliance Industries for work on gas development in Block D6

 France's TechnipFMC has landed a contract from India’s Reliance Industries to provide subsea umbilicals for the $3 billion-plus R-series gas development in deep-water Block D6 off India’s east coast.

Industry sources said Reliance awarded the R-series umbilicals package to TechnipFMC early this month, with the contract thought to be valued between $150 million and $200 million.

“The umbilicals package has been awarded to TechnipFMC on 4 August,” a source confirmed.

The R-series development project is said to have originally involved more than 90 kilometres of umbilicals, but the workscope could not be confirmed by Upstream. TechnipFMC is said to have offered a competitive price to Reliance and is believed to have beaten competitors including Norway’s Aker Solutions and US-based Oceaneering.

The umbilicals job is the second major contract award by Reliance in recent weeks for the R-series project.

The operator last month awarded a subsea production systems package to Schlumberger subsidiary OneSubsea.

Industry sources have suggested Reliance is now gearing up for the R-series subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines EPCI award within a week or two.

The SURF package is thought to be the largest for the deep-water development, with one source suggesting it could be worth upwards of $1 billion.

Those thought to be in the race for this contract include a grouping of India’s Larsen & Toubro and US player McDermott International, TechnipFMC with Oslo-listed Subsea 7 and Italy’s Saipem, sources said.

The SURF workscope is believed to include two 54-kilometre, 18-inch diameter trunk­lines running from the D-34 field to an existing control and riser platform on block D6.

Eight infield flowlines are also likely to be involved — five of these are 17 kilometres long with a diameter of eight inches, while two other parallel lines are six inches in diameter, and one has a diameter of 14 inches and will be five kilometres long.

The workscope also includes two mono-ethylene glycol lines, six inches in diameter and totalling 42 kilometres in length. Up to 26 rigid jumpers, ranging from four inches to 18 inches in diameter are also included.

Reliance and its partners UK supermajor BP and Canada’s Niko Resources, sanctioned the development of the R-Series fields in June, the first of three development projects planned in the KG-D6 block that together are valued at more than $6 billion.

The two other development projects will be taken up by the partners at a later stage.