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Baker Hughes awarded subsea contract by Petrobel for Phase 2 development of Zohr gas field

Left to Right: George El Zir, BHGE Global Technical Training Leader; Ayman Khattab, VP, BHGE, Egypt and South Gulf; Rami Qasem, CEO, BHGE, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and India; Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO, BHGE; HE Eng. Tarek El Molla, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum; Eng. Osama El Bakly, EGAS Chairman; Eng. Atef Hassan, Chairman and Managing Director, Petrobel.

In a signing ceremony hosted by H.E. Eng. Tarek El-Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for Egypt, Baker Hughes was awarded a subsea contract by Petrobel for the phase 2 development of Egypt’s Zohr gas field. Left to right: George El Zir, BHGE Global Technical Training Leader; Ayman Khattab, VP, BHGE, Egypt and South Gulf; Rami Qasem, CEO, BHGE, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and India; Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO, BHGE; HE Eng. Tarek El Molla, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum; Eng. Osama El Bakly, EGAS Chairman; Eng. Atef Hassan, Chairman and Managing Director, Petrobel.

Baker Hughes, a GE company, has announced a subsea contract from Petrobel for phase two of the Zohr Gas Field, situated in the Mediterranean Sea off the Egyptian coast. 

As a long-term partner to Egypt, BHGE will provide project management, engineering procurement, fabrication, construction, testing and transportation of a subsea production system, including seven manifolds, tie-in systems, long offset subsea and topside control systems, SemStar5 HIPPS (high-integrity pressure protection) systems, workover systems and tools. The company also will support installation, commissioning and start-up operations.

“Maximizing domestic energy resources and optimizing reliability of their supplies are core elements of Egypt’s vision,” said H.E. Eng. Tarek El-Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for Egypt. He hosted the signing ceremony. “We are able to increase the value and efficiency of the sector by driving a sustainable and energy-efficient economy through the ministry’s Modernization Program in partnership with companies such as BHGE. The Zohr gas field is playing a major role in the development of Egypt’s domestic energy resources, revenue generation and economic growth.”

Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of BHGE, said, “This landmark agreement reinforces our commitment to provide competitive offerings for our partners, strengthened by BHGE’s local presence and cutting-edge technology. The Zohr field is one of the most significant developments of its kind, and through this project we can show the efficiency gains that such complex projects can achieve through our enhanced portfolio. This project has the potential to meet Egypt’s growing gas demand and save the country billions of dollars that would otherwise be spent on importing gas. Together with our partners, BHGE can support Egypt’s needs and vision for the energy sector and demonstrate its leadership in the subsea space.”

Petrobel is a joint venture between IEOC, an Eni subsidiary in Egypt, and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC). Petrobel is in charge of the development of Zohr field on behalf of PetroSherouk, a joint venture between Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) and IEOC.

Eng. Atef Hassan, Chairman and Managing Director of Petrobel, stated, “Partnering with BHGE on this project demonstrates the growing need for long-term service and equipment providers that complement our efforts in driving optimized production. The Zohr field will contribute to the development and sustainability of Egypt’s resources, and BHGE’s investment and expertise across oilfield services and equipment will help us drive further efficiencies along the way.”

For the first time, BHGE will also provide 10 e-EHXT trees, manufactured at its subsea center of excellence in Aberdeen, Scotland. The trees were designed in collaboration with Eni as part of a standardization exercise, applying field-proven products and systems gained from previous projects with Eni on a range of successful deepwater projects in Africa. In addition, BHGE will provide wellheads via a separate contract awarded by Petrobel earlier this year.

The award underlines the global scope and breadth of BHGE’s fullstream portfolio and local capabilities, with engineering support for the project coming from the UK, Italy and Norway. The steel structures will be manufactured in Alexandria, supporting local employment in Egypt, as well as the UK, Norway and Italy. Project management services will also be supported from Egypt and from the UK.  Leveraging decades of expertise in-country and growing its local manufacturing ecosystem, BHGE is committed to helping secure Egypt’s energy future through the development of local talent and efficiency-driven solutions.

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