OMV Petrom hires Saipem to build Neptun Deep offshore infrastructure for EUR 1.6bn
Romania’s largest energy company OMV Petrom announced that it awarded to the local subsidiary of Italian group Saipem the EUR 1.6bn contract for developing the Neptun Deep offshore natural gas project, including management, engineering, procurement, fabrication, assembly, maritime transportation, installation, testing and commissioning services for the offshore project.
In addition, the contract includes the testing and commissioning of the gas metering station and the near shore and onshore sections of the gas production pipeline, which will be built by other contractors.
The cost of the works will be equally split between OMV Petrom and Romgaz Black Sea Limited as partners in the operating agreement for the development of the Neptun Deep project. Total investments are expected at EUR 4bn.
At the same time, OMV Petrom announced that the National Agency for Mineral Resources has endorsed the development plan for the Domino and Pelican South natural gas commercial fields (Neptun Deep project).
Consequently, the Neptun Deep project enters the development phase, which includes the execution of drilling activities and construction of the infrastructure necessary for the extraction of natural gas, with the first production estimated for 2027.
The infrastructure necessary for the development of the Domino and Pelican South includes ten samples, six in deep water (about 1,000 meters) and four in shallow water (about 100 meters), three submarine production systems and an associated collector pipeline network, an offshore platform in the water area with a depth of 100 meters, the main gas pipeline to the shore (about 160km) and the Tuzla gas metering station.