GE lands Pemex Ayatsil-Tekel award

Ayatsil-Tekel award: To GE Oil & Gas for Emilio Lozoya Austin-led Pemex

GE Oil & Gas has landed a contract from Pemex for work at the Mexican state-owned giant’s Ayatsil-Tekel project in the Gulf of Mexico.

The US engineering player will fabricate wellheads and trees for the heavy oil project in the Bay of Campeche under a multi-year contract.

All the units will all be built at GE’s facility in Ecatepec, Mexico City.

“These surface systems will be manufactured in Mexico, and therefore will have a high degree of local content,” said Antonio Ferreira, drilling & surface general manager for Latin America at GE, said.

“In turn, this will contribute to the national industry’s growth that Mexico is looking to achieve,” he continued.

No contract value was placed on the deal and GE made no mention of a delivery schedule.

Pemex is expected to shortly conclude the contracting process for the Ayatsil-Tekel project, with BW Offshore and Exmar vying to supply a large floating production, storage and offloading unit capable of processing 300,000 barrels per day of liquids.

The disconnectable turret-moored FPSO will operate in 122 metres of water, connected by pipeline to five wellhead platforms and housing a 24-megawatt power generation package to supply the floater and the platforms.

Pemex wants a double-hulled vessel with a 25-year field life with 2 million barrels of storage capacity.

Exmar is proposing a newbuild unit that would be sourced in Asia and use a Bluewater-patented turret sytem.

BW Offshore’s bid was initially based on a conversion of the VLCC Blue Opal, acquired from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, even though Pemex at an earlier stage signalled a preference for a newbuild.

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