Fields of Activity
Saipem offshore vast spectrum of activities is comprehensive of platforms, marine terminals, pipelines, subsea deep water developments, FPSOs.
Through its absolute turn-key main contractor capability, Saipem is in a position to answer to all the phases of complex epic projects, from the early engineering stage to the fabrication and construction of huge structures and pipelines in all kind of climatic environment, from the harsh arctic areas to the deepest sea floors.
Strengthened by the force of its pioneering roots and ability in keep up with the latest offshore technologies, Saipem continues to respond to the industrys changing greater demands, consolidating its position, as a truly worldwide global contractor.
Since the late fifties, Saipem has laid more than 28,000 km of pipelines and flowlines in shallow and deepwater areas through its S-lay and recent J-lay technology and stateof- the-art pipelay vessel fleet which is adapting to the evolving market.
EPCI expertise includes the construction of trunklines, export pipelines, infield flowlines, pipe-in-pipe, bundles, tie-in and riser systems, for the transportation of oil, gas and multi-phase products through water depths exceeding 2,000 m.
The recent and growing exploitation of deepwater reservoir has taken Saipem to cope with the complex development of subsea deepwater fields. Through it engineering capabilities, ability in managing large offshore EPCI projects and its ad-hoc upgraded vessel fleet, Saipem has been a forerunner in performing several major UFR (Umbilicals, Flowlines, Risers) projects in West Africa and looks ahead to maximize its capabilities in this exclusive and challenging market.
Subsea Construction Services
Saipem also enjoys a strong position in the subsea market, thanks to its use of highly sophisticated technologies, such as subsea ROVs ( Remotely Operated Vehicles) and specially-equipped robots capable of carrying out complex deep-water pipelay operations. For many years Saipem has been developing and operating remotely operated subsea systems, which are the basis for its expansion into subsea field development, remote intervention and inspection, maintenance and repair activities. Its core business can be split into three clear key capabilities:
- Subsea Field Development (Subsea Construction, Umbilicals & Small Diameter Pipelines,Trenching, Diving, Positioning & Survey)
- ROV and Remote Intervention Systems (Design and Manufacture, Operations, Tooling, Custom Designed Application Subsea Systems
- Inspection, Maintenance and Repair ( Subsea Inspection, Subsea & Well Intervention, Pipeline Stabilisation & Repair)
Saipems consolidated experience installing offshore structures dates back to the Company early steps. Since then, Saipem has installed hundreds platforms mastering both the heavy lift and the float-over techniques and establishing new records for the offshore industry such as the 12,150 t Sabratha deck combined lift in dynamic position performed by the Saipem 7000 in Libya and tne float-over of the 21,800 deck of Lunskoye-A platform, Sakhalin II, in Russia.
The Company enviable track record comprises modular deck drilling and
production platforms, well-head and accommodation platforms.
Since the 70s, Saipem has been also involved in the construction of marine
terminals, conventional buoy moorings, jetties and piers.
FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading)
FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) units are part of Saipems Offshore Construction line of products, both as newbuilts delivered turnkey to the customer, and as tanker conversions leased to and operated for the customer.
Saipems track record for newbuilt FPSOs includes the participation in the Girassol FPSO project for Elf Angola, and the EPCI of the Erha FPSO for ExxonMobil Nigeria. The activity in the leased FPSO segment started in 1996 via its involvement in the Aquila FPSO development for Eni in 850 m water depth offshore Italy, and has since gone on to develop FPSOs later leased to Eni for the Okono and the Okpoho fields development off Nigeria and has received further boost by the award of the Golfinho 2 FPSO lease by Petrobras for Brazil and of the Gimboa FPSO lease by Sonangol in Angolan waters.
For an FPSO project, the top level design engineering skills offered by Saipem, the naval architecture competencies of the wholly owned subsidiary Moss Maritime, and the specialised fleet and assets engineering services, are all harnessed together to provide the full spectrum of capabilities needed. Such unique array of complementary capabilities is ready to be further expanded to incorporate Saipems know-how, patents and track record in the LNG chain, into the development of floating terminals for the liquefaction of natural gas and load-onto LNG carriers, and for the offloading of LNG carriers and regasification and piping to the shore of liquefied natural gas, like the OLT Livorno FSRU (Floating Storage Regasification Unit) awarded to Saipem, the first regasification unit installed on a ship permanently anchored in open sea.