bp’s Ian Stilwell, subsea project engineer (in blue) showing the Minster (to his left) and his delegation around Nouakchott Port in Mauritania
On March 4th Emil Ismayilov, bp SVP Mauritania and Senegal and Mohamed Limam, VP Mauritania, hosted Abdessalem Ould Mohamed Salehand, Minister of Petroleum, Mines and Energy of Mauritania, Colin Wells, UK Ambassador, and other key stakeholders at the subsea storage yard at Nouakchott Port to visit the site and celebrate the next phase of the project as over half of the equipment has now arrived in Mauritania.
The event involved a walk through the subsea yard to see first-hand the impressive GTA subsea scope. The pipeline is the beginning of the subsea journey – over the coming weeks and months the equipment stockpile will grow; the remaining linepipe and subsea structures will arrive on upcoming cargo vessels, and construction vessel fleet will be mobilised at Nouakchott Port.
Spanning 130km in length and in water depths of up to 2,850m GTA’s subsea network includes 310km of linepipe, 91km of controls umbilicals, 80 km of fibre optic cables and over 100 fabricated structures connecting the wells to the FPSO and then to the Hub.
Next steps: Offshore installation of the system is planned to start in April 2022, with the aim to have the core infrastructure installed safely by the end of the year.