Eni lets contract for Kitan subsea equipment

Eni SPA awarded a $60-million contract to FMC Technologies Inc. for manufacturing and delivering subsea equipment to its Kitan oil field development in the Joint Petroleum Development Area Block 06-105 of the Timor Sea between Australia and East Timor (Timor-Leste).

Guntis Moritis
OGJ Production Editor

HOUSTON, June 18 -- Eni SPA awarded a $60-million contract to FMC Technologies Inc. for manufacturing and delivering subsea equipment to its Kitan oil field development in the Joint Petroleum Development Area Block 06-105 of the Timor Sea between Australia and East Timor (Timor-Leste).

Kitan lies in 1,000 ft of water, about 100 miles off East Timor and 300 miles off Australia.

Eni drilled the Kitan-1 discovery well in 2008 to 3,658 m and tested it at 6,100 bo/d. An appraisal well, Kitan-2, completed in March 2008, confirmed the discovery.

Eni expects production to start from Kitan in 2011 and reach a peak of 35,000 b/d. It estimates that the field contains 30-40 million bbl of recoverable oil.

The production will flow to a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel.

FMC will supply three subsea production trees and all associated control systems and umbilicals. FMC’s Asia Pacific unit will manage this engineering, procurement, and construction project, and FMC’s operations in Singapore and Malaysia will engineer and manufacture the equipment, with deliveries to begin in 2010.

Contact Guntis Moritis at guntism@ogjonline.com.

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