An Eni-led joint venture in Libya overseeing the huge Structures A&E project in the Mediterranean Sea has begun the screening process for securing a project management services (PMS) contractor.

Mellitah Oil & Gas — the partnership between Eni and state-owned National Oil Corporation — operates Structures A&E, a massive project to tap gas and condensate resources that will also handle significant volumes of carbon dioxide.

It calls for two new fixed platforms, upgrading of an existing platform, an array of subsea pipelines and an onshore processing facility.

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The bid processes for the engineering, procurement and construction of most of these facilities is under way.

The PMS pre-qualification exercise closes on 13 October and the work scope is significant.

According to documentation, PMS activities are due to begin in the first quarter of 2023 — at the same time construction work is due to start on all the new facilities.

The PMS contract will run all the way through to first production, previously expected in early 2026.

Broadly speaking, the chosen contractor will support Mellitah’s execution project management team and provide a comprehensive PMS service.

The work scope covers detailed engineering and calls for the PMS provider to ensure the delivery of “soundly engineered” facilities “on time and within budget”.

The PMS contractor would also need to monitor, co-ordinate, and follow up on on-site construction, off-site fabrication, installation, hook-up, commissioning and performance-testing activities to ensure operations are “technically sound” and that all facilities are completed “on time allowing a timely start-up of production”.

Testing, commissioning and acceptance of the production facilities will also be provided, as will project control services, procurement and contract management plus quality assurance/certification and safety.

Structures A&E’s 85,000-tonne processing platform and less weighty wellhead platform will, between them, produce 760 million cubic feet per day of gas, 42,000 barrels per day of condensate and 5000 bpd of oil.

From Structure E, well fluids will be sent, via two separate pipelines, to a facility at Mellitah on the coast that will also handle CO2 produced by the joint venture's offshore assets.

Output from the Structure A wellhead platform will be exported to the operator's existing Sabratha platform.

CO2 will be piped from the onshore Mellitah complex to Sabratha for re-injection.