Santos has awarded a FEED contract to global integrated energy services and solutions provider Sapura Energy for the design, construction and installation of the Wellhead Platform (WHP) for the Dorado project, in the Bedout Sub-basin, offshore Western Australia.
Located in 90 metres water over the Dorado oil and gas field, the WHP will be an unmanned installation hosting the development wells and gas reinjection wells with minimal processing facilities, remotely operated from a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility approximately two kilometres away.
Santos Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher said the contract for the wellhead platform was the project’s last significant commitment as the company progresses towards a project final investment decision around the middle of next year.
“The WHP is a critical component of the development requiring a company with Sapura’s deep construction and installation experience,” he continued.
“The design allows for the integrated development of both the gas and liquids resource and retains sufficient flexibility to support future exploration success, with the Pavo and Apus prospects to be drilled early next year.
“Whilst operating unmanned, the WHP will have several innovative features including sophisticated reservoir performance monitoring functionality to facilitate optimal reservoir recovery.”
The Dorado project, which has a Federal Government approved Australian Industry Participation Plan, is 80%-owned by Santos and 20%-owned by Carnarvon Petroleum.