Crossing ocean and sea, Saipemís offshore activities arm has built a global reputation as one of the true innovators in its field.
Saipemís pioneering work in pipeline installation is matched by its experience installing offshore platforms around the world, mastering both the heavy lift and the float-over techniques, and establishing new records for the industry, such as the 12,150 t Sabratha deck combined lift performed by the Saipem 7000 in Libya, the Buzzard 11,000 t combined lift in dynamic positioning performed by the Saipem 7000 in the UK, and the float-over of the 21,800 t deck of Lunskoye-A platform, Sakhalin II.
Over the last ten years,
Saipem has completed some 120 offshore construction projects ?including modular
deck drilling and production platforms, integrated deck platforms, wellhead
platforms, accommodation platforms, FPSOs ?often, and increasingly so, in an
integrated contractor role.
The engineering and
project management expertise, aimed at increasing the Groupís capability to
carry out EPIC (Engineering, Procurement, Installation, Construction) contracts,
has been fostered also through some acquisitions, the most significant being the
one of Bouygues Offshore in 2002, and the one of Snamprogetti in 2006. Through
such acquisitions Saipem has expanded its offshore engineering and project
management resources, that now amount to 1,200 people.
Construction EPCI capabilities are also supported by significant and growing
fabrication capabilities based at the core of the main oil & gas provinces,
which encompasses its wholly owned subsidiary Intermare Sarda in Italy (the
record setting 23,000 t jacket for Sabratha, Libya has been fabricated there),
the Rumuolumeni yard in Nigeria, the Petromar Soyo yard in Angola, the Boscongo
Pointe Noire yard in the Republic of the Congo, the Kuryk yard in Kazakhstan,
the BOS Shelf yard in Azerbaijan, and the Sharjah yard in the U.A.E. Current
potential of Saipem fabrication facilities exceeds an aggregate of 130,000 t per