Under the contract, Technip will design, engineer, fabricate, install and pre-commission a pipeline on the southern side of Thunder Horse field’s production drilling quarters unit.

Technip North America president Deanna Goodwin said: "This award follows Technip’s execution of several phases of the Thunder Horse development since 2003, culminating with the installation of the Gulf of Mexico’s first plastically lined water injection pipelines in December 2014."

The company will be responsible for coating, fabrication, installation and anchoring of two rigid production flowlines.

The project management will be carried out by Technip’s operating center in Houston, Texas, while the infield flowlines will be welded at its spoolbase in Mobile, Alabama, US.

Technip will utilize deepwater pipelay and subsea construction vessel, Deep Blue, for offshore installation work, which is planned to begin in the second half of 2016.

The current field is located in Mississippi Canyon Blocks 778 and 822 at water depth of approximately 1,900m.

BP owns 75% interest in the Thunder Horse field, while ExxonMobil owns the remaining.

Image: The semi-submersible platform of the Thunder Horse oil field located in Gulf of Mexico. Photo: courtesy of Andyminicooper.