Harkand Da Vinci working on Ikhwezi development offshore South AfricaProjects and Operations // July 9, 2013
Harkand reports that its vessel Harkand Da Vinci is currently working on the Ikhwezi development in South Africa after winning a subsea construction contract from PetroSA.
After strong early operational and HSE performance, the project remains on schedule having completed numerous major milestones, including structure installation, umbilical stabilisation and several subsea tie-ins of
production and MEG flowlines.
South Africa’s national oil company started operating the world’s first gas-to-liquid refinery at Mossel Bay in 1992. Project Ikhwezi involves tapping into gas reserves in PetroSA’s F-O field, which is located 40km southeast of the F-A production platform off the south coast of South Africa and 60km offshore of Mossel Bay.
First gas is scheduled to flow from the F-O field later in 2013 and PetroSA estimates that production will continue for around six years. Further development of other gas prospects near the F-O field could potentially help to sustain the life of the Mossel Bay refinery until 2025.
Under the deal, the Da Vinci has been deployed to carry out construction operations to support the second phase of the project. The extensive scope includes installation of a production riser, protection frame, flexible,
umbilical and subsea structures, tie-ins and pre-commissioning operations. A project management and engineering team has been mobilised from Harkand’s Middle East base to Cape Town to support the offshore operations. Harkand will also provide full diving, ROV and survey services with work continuing into late 2013.