Nexans has received a contract to supply static umbilicals for the Taurus and Libra fields which are part of the BP’s West Nile Delta gas and condensate project located off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt.


Under the contract, Nexans will supply 48km umbilicals comprise electrical and fibre optic cables as well as hydraulic and chemical lines for subsea development of the fields.

The scope of the contract also includes accessories for the project. Financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

Nexans will design, engineer and manufacture the subsea cable and umbilical facilities in Halden and Rognan, Norway.

Nexans Norway hybrid underwater cables division executive vice-president Krister Granlie said: "This contract forms part of the 10-year frame agreement Nexans concluded with BP to supply umbilical cables, DEH systems, accessories and services for various deep-water oil and gas projects across the globe.

"It represents further recognition of Nexans as a key player in the umbilical market and builds on a long relationship between BP and Nexans for the deliveries of umbilicals."

The company is scheduled to deliver the equipments in May 2016.

Located within the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater concessions in the Mediterranean sea, approximately 65km to 85km off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, the West Nile Delta project involves development of gas and condensate fields in phase.

Discovered in 2000/2001, the Taurus and Libra subsea development project is tied in to existing BG Group-operated Burullus facilities and is a part of the first development phase of the West Nile Delta fields.

Scheduled to begin production in 2017, the West Nile Delta project is expected to produce 1.2 billion cubic feet per day, which is equal to 25% of the existing gas production in Egypt.

BP operates the project with 65% stake while German company DEA owns the remaining stake.

Image: Nexans will manufacture the subsea cable and umbilical facilities for the Nile Delta Taurus Libra project in Egypt in Halden and Rognan, Norway. Photo: courtesy of Nexans.