Eni S.p.A., an Italian multinational oil and gas company, and the National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya are working jointly under the name Mellitah Oil & Gas, on a Structures A&E project that is meant to extend the gas production plateau of the Bahr Essalam field in Libya over the next few years, in a bid to ensure consistent supply of gas to the local market.
The multibillion-dollar development calls for the development of two new fixed platforms i.e. platforms A&E in order to produce 760 million cubic feet per day of gas, 42,000 barrels per day of condensate and 5000 BPD of oil, upgrading of an existing platform, an array of subsea pipelines and an onshore processing facility.
The Structure A wellhead platform will host eight gas and condensate wells, while the Structure E facility which is the largest will receive well fluids from 18 dry tree oil and gas wells plus five subsea gas wells. 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, and the CO2 produced will be piped from the onshore Mellitah complex to Sabratha for reinjection.
Bid processes to extend Bahr Essalam field in Libya
The bid processes for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of most of the above-mentioned facilities are underway. The project management services (PMS) prequalification exercise particularly was due to close on 13 October but interested companies have now been granted until 12 November to compete for their questionnaires in the hope they will be shortlisted and then sent invitations to tender.
According to the project documentation, the PMS activities are set to begin in the first quarter of 2023, alongside the construction work on all the new facilities. Reportedly, the PMS contract will run all the way through to the first production, which is expected in 2026.