Energean announced in its first-half results presentation that the FPSO bound for the Mediterranean Sea project, named Energean Power, was in Singapore where the China-built hull was being fitted with topside modules.
Mathios Rigas, chief executive of Energean said: “Despite some COVID-19-related disruptions, in the year-to-date, we have made solid progress on our flagship gas project in Israel, which is scheduled to deliver first gas in the second half of 2021.
“We have successfully performance-tested all three Karish development wells, delivered a resource upgrade at Karish North, completed the installation of the 8 bcm/yr capacity, a 90-kilometre pipeline that will deliver Energean’s gas sales (currently at 5.6 bcm/yr) into the Israeli domestic market, completed the hull of our FPSO in China, moved it to Singapore, and have commenced heavy lifting operations”.
To remind, the Energean Power FPSO hull set sail from China in late March and arrived at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore in mid-April 2020. However, upon arrival, the company was informed of a two-week temporary halt to operations at the yard which was intended to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Energean added in the presentation that the yard re-opened on 2 June 2020, but the work ramp-up was slow in June and July due to government restrictions and associated health checks being performed in the workers’ dormitories.
A major ramp-up of the workforce in the yard happened during August 2020 and in the first week of September, the workforce on the project averaged more than 480 workers per day.
The company further stated that the installation of the topside modules onto the FPSO hull was underway with the Ehouse module which contains all the FPSO control equipment and electrical switchgear. It was successfully lifted onto the Energean Power hull on 24 August 2020.
Heavy lifting operations for the remaining modules are expected to start in the coming weeks.
According to the company, topsides integration and pre-commissioning is expected to take approximately 10-11 months, after which the FPSO is expected to sail away from Singapore to Israel.
At the moment, Energean expects the sailaway to Israel to occur in the summer 2021 and first gas in 2H 2021.
Installation of the risers that will connect the production wells to the FPSO is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2020 and to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. That will mark the completion of the subsea works required ahead of the arrival of the FPSO.
According to the company, onshore works are progressing well and the whole system is expected to be ready to receive first gas in the second quarter of 2021, well ahead of expected hook-up of the FPSO.
The FPSO will be spread moored with 14 mooring lines in a water depth of 1,750 metres. Lankhorst will supply 28 rope lengths totalling 43,400 metres.
Energean also completed the installation of the suction anchors that will keep the FPSO in place off Israel.