Ithaca Energy is utilizing its own floating production vessel to develop the GSA, centered on the Stella and Harrier fields as a stand-alone development at a water depth of approximately 90m.

As part of the contract, Technip will provide detailed and pipelay of a 33km 10 inch oil export and 63km 10 inch gas export pipeline to the production platform.

Detailed design workscope will be completed by Technip’s consultancy subsea and offshore engineering company Genesis, while Technip’s flexible pipe plant in Le Trait, France will manufacture flexible flowlines.

The company will also provide various subsea works to the Stella main drill center and North drill center, including installation of manifolds, tee structures, flexible pipelay and spoolpiece components.

The subsea works will also include design and installation of five-slot mid water arch, and installation of the mooring system to the production platform.

Technip’s Aberdeen operating center will execute the contract, which is slated to be completed in the second half of 2013.

Umbilicals for the project will come from Duco, Technip’s umbilical manufacturer in Newcastle, England, while fabrication of the linepipe will be carried out by the Group’s Evanton Spoolbase, near Inverness, Scotland.

Vessels from the Technip fleet, including the Skandi Arctic and the Wellservicer, will be used for the offshore campaign.

Technip UK managing director Bill Morrice said the UK North Sea provide opportunities in all areas including the inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) and West of Shetland markets.

"This particular award is evidence of the high level of activity around traditional developments and we look forward to supporting Ithaca Energy (UK) to bring the GSA hub onstream," Morrice said.