Mott MacDonald wins Halfaya field engineering deal

15 December 2013

UK engineering firm will provide designs for Iraqi oil field facilities

UK engineering firm Mott MacDonald has been awarded a new contract to provide technical support for the second and third phases of development at the 4.1-billion-barrel Halfaya oil field in southeast Iraq.

Mott MacDonald will support China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation (CPECC), a subsidiary of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which leads the development of the field.

The contract is valued at about $9.5m, according to sources close to the company.

Most of the work will be carried out in China, with some support provided by the UK and UAE offices. Technical support services will include complete three-dimensional (3D) design and modelling, as well as simulation studies, covering a mixture of brownfield and greenfield projects.

Mott MacDonald has already completed work on Halfaya’s Phase 1 development which involved the front-end engineering design (feed) of an oil processing facility and pipeline infrastructure.

With the Halfaya export pipeline due to be completed in 2014 and the phase-2 central processing facility (CPF) expected to be commissioned in 2015, CNPC and its partners plan to double the field’s production to 200,000 barrels a day (b/d), from 100,000 b/d currently.

The Halfaya consortium, which includes CNPC, Malaysia’s Petronas, France’s Total and state-owned Missan Oil Company, plans to more than double the production again in phase 3 to reach the 535,000-b/d plateau by 2017.

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