Shell closes in on vito awards upstream database record

Anglo-dutch supermajor shell has begun to zero in on the award phase for subsea work on its vito project in the deep-water US gulf of mexico.

TechnipFMC is seen as the lead contender for at least the subsea production system which will be linked to the field’s semi-submersible production unit.

In investor presentations, the london-headquartered contractor has said it is targeting the project, which if awarded could carry a value of between $250 million and $500 million.

Last spring, technipfmc was awarded a contract for SPS plus umbilicals, flowlines and risers for shell’s kaikias project, also in the US gulf.

However, it is understood that vito’s SURF equipment has been split into a series of smaller packages that will likely be awarded to a variety of US gulf contractors.2009 mississippi


Shell would not comment on vito’s subsea contracting, saying only that the operator and its partner, norway’s statoil, "remain committed to progressing the project". A final investment decision is expected this year, with first oil due in 2021.

Vito’s sub-salt discovery well was drilled in 2009 in mississippi canyon block 984 in 4038 feet of water. The miocene-age field is estimated to hold more than 300 million barrels of resource.

No approved development plan yet appears in the US bureau of safety & environmental enforcement’s database, but shell has applied for and received a suspension of production for MC 984, 980, 941 and 942.2009 mississippi canyon block

Shell backed off plans for a more complex advanced-recovery scheme at vito, a shift in course that along with other savings measures meant the company has used only 60% of the capital budget for vito, an executive said in houston last week.

Anglo-dutch supermajor shell has begun to zero in on the award phase for subsea work on its vito project in the deep-water US gulf of mexico.

TechnipFMC is seen as the lead contender for at least the subsea production system which will be linked to the field’s semi-submersible production unit.

In investor presentations, the london-headquartered contractor has said it is targeting the project, which if awarded could carry a value of between $250 million and $500 million.2009 mississippi

Last spring, technipfmc was awarded a contract for SPS plus umbilicals, flowlines and risers for shell’s kaikias project, also in the US gulf.

However, it is understood that vito’s SURF equipment has been split into a series of smaller packages that will likely be awarded to a variety of US gulf contractors.

Shell would not comment on vito’s subsea contracting, saying only that the operator and its partner, norway’s statoil, "remain committed to progressing the project". A final investment decision is expected this year, with first oil due in 2021.

Vito’s sub-salt discovery well was drilled in 2009 in mississippi canyon block 984 in 4038 feet of water.2009 mississippi the miocene-age field is estimated to hold more than 300 million barrels of resource.

No approved development plan yet appears in the US bureau of safety & environmental enforcement’s database, but shell has applied for and received a suspension of production for MC 984, 980, 941 and 942.

Shell backed off plans for a more complex advanced-recovery scheme at vito, a shift in course that along with other savings measures meant the company has used only 60% of the capital budget for vito, an executive said in houston last week.

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