Malaysia’s Sapura Energy is enjoying a bumper start to the year after securing contracts worth a combined 1.85 billion ringgit ($458 million), including work for Saudi state giant Saudi Aramco.

The contracts confirmed by Sapura on Wednesday included Purchase Order 59 (CRPO 59) with Aramco, which was awarded under the oil player’s Long-Term Agreement (LTA) contracts with select contractors.

Upstream first reported in November that Sapura was in line to win the contract.


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This LTA contract will see Sapura perform the engineering, procurement, fabrication, transportation and installation and pre-commissioning of jackets for three new wellhead platforms at the Zuluf, Ribyan and Abu Safah offshore oilfields.

'Significant win' in Saudi

The contract is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2022.

“This is a significant win for Sapura Energy, proving our technical capabilities. It also strengthens our strategy to grow the business and expand our presence in the Middle East," said Sapura chief executive Shahril Shamsuddin.

Sapura has also landed a contract with Chevron for the installation of wellhead platforms and pipelines and the removal of wellhead platforms offshore Thailand. These works are expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of the 2022 financial year.

Sapura Energy’s fiscal year 2022 runs from 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2022.

Southeast Asia work

The contractor recently completed Chevron Thailand’s asset retirement offshore removal campaign, which involved the first ‘Rigs to Reef’ project in the country.

The initiative included relocating idle platforms to create artificial reefs, serving as a valuable habitat for marine life.

Sapura has also secured work on its home turf, being awarded a contract for the transportation and installation of offshore pipelines under the Pan Malaysia Transportation & Installation of Offshore Facilities umbrella contract by PTTEP.

This workscope comprises the transportation and installation of approximately 10 kilometres of subsea pipeline, offshore Sarawak, East Malaysia, which is expected to be completed by May 2021.

Also, Netherlands-based contractor Heerema Marine Contractors has sub-contracted Sapura for the transportation and installation of a wellhead platform jacket and topsides for the Kasawari gas project offshore Malaysia.

Sapura’s orderbook was further boosted by a letter of award from Petronas Carigali for the provision of marine site investigation and pipeline route survey services at the Bestari field, offshore Sabah, East Malaysia.

Other jobs confirmed on Wednesday include a nine and a half-year contract, effective this month, from Malaysia LNG for the maintenance of Baker Hughes-supplied turbomachinery equipment under a long-term service agreement.

Also, its Bruneian entity — Sapura Drilling — has secured a contract extension for its semi-submersible tender assisted drilling rig Sapura Pelaut from Brunei Shell Petroleum.

The Sapura Pelaut contract extension covers a firm period of 145 days commencing April 2021. The rig has been operating offshore Brunei for almost 27 years.