Fugro SAE: International Company With Egyptian Heart (Pt.2)

Fugro SAE Subsea Engineering and Intervention tooling

Fugro SAE (FSAE) is responsible for Fugro’s survey and subsea activities in Egypt. Benefiting from investment in Egypt over more than 30 years, FSAE has developed a strong capability in the country, allowing delivery of world-class services to the Egyptian offshore industry entirely by Egyptian staff and locally available re-sources.

Subsea Life of Field Support Services

Over the years FSAE’s Subsea Engineering and Tooling Department has been expanded to supply an extensive Subsea Engineering, Intervention, and Tooling Design service that can be delivered locally.

Fugro SAE understands there is an opportunity to apply the strategic planning required to fulfill operator’s demands by having the required expertise and utilities available locally at short notice.

Offshore Change out Operations

Our teams are currently performing planned and emergency change-out operations for major clients in the deep-water market in the region such as Burullus Gas and Pharaonic Petroleum companies. These operations are essential to maintain the continuity and productivity of the oil and gas production from the subsea fields. Fugro SAE currently provides all these services locally and on short notice on board M/V PMS Burullus.

Onshore in Country Refurbishments for Client Running Tools

Our local Egyptian teams have both the experience and capability to perform various offshore planned and complete in-country refurbishments, as well as emergency troubleshooting maintenance activities for client’s running tools. They have already done many locally successful onshore maintenance plans for various running tools such as CCOTs, MPRTs, and IWOCS, and also carried out successful override operations on Subsea X-mas trees.

Subsea Engineered Tooling

Fugro SAE has an advanced in-house engineering department which can design and build bespoke tooling as per client requirements; our local design engineers managed to manufacture several successful tools with local materials and machining services such as M2 Repair, Seized Hot Stab/Dummy Hot Stab Puller, Subsea Liquid Sampler…etc, our Bespoke tooling are designed and fabricated using our Deep Works 3D simulation software, and the newly introduced Fugro Simulator.

Several cases have inspired the team to enhance their local knowledge and fields of experience through new challenges with other global vendors supplied equipment via the continuous building of close relations with operators.


Fugro SAE is the only Egyptian company that is capable of providing a Global Subsea Engineering Service locally with very effective cost impact and has resources available in-country compared to other global competitors.

Our subsea teams are ready for all planned and emergency deep-water offshore change-outs, onshore maintenance operations for different running tools, and fault finding with solution making.



Hilal Redevelopment Project


By Salah Mohamed Farid Tantawy – Chairman Assistant for Projects Suez Petroleum Company, GUPCO


Recently installed GUPCO platform gives new life to old project

GUPCO’s recent installation of the Hilal-B production platform is intended to replace the existing Hilal platform located in the Shoab Ali field in the Gulf of Suez. The existing platform was constructed and installed in 1984, however in 1994 it was severely damaged by ship impact and fire. The topsides were replaced and production resumed, but repair work on the jacket was insufficient to provide enough structural rigidity to prevent excessive conductor/platform relative deflections. This resulted in the rupture of a flow line in 2004. Due to growing concerns over environmental protection and the safety of operators the decision was made in 2007 to cease production and seal the wells.

A decision made to build a new Hilal platform (Hilal-B) following a review of several options. It was decided that the most ideal scenario would be to build a new platform 300 meters distant from the old platform.

Following a FEED study completed by Enppi in April 2011, the project was sanctioned in September 2011. Detailed engineering has been completed and procurement of long lead items received at the site. Platform fabrication activity is now finished and the jacket has been towed to the location.

All piles, jackets, and offshore deck installation were completed in November 2013.

The Hilal-B commissioning was completed in January 2015 following a pipelines installation campaign, which was completed in December 2014.


The overall objective is to resume production and recover all reserves. Production will be pumped onshore via the 18” subsea pipeline tie-in to the existing trunk line.

The main objective is to produce around 4.8 million barrels of oil from existing wells. This will be achieved by working over three wells to restore production, drilling three new wells, and side-tracking three existing wells with a total of nine slots required.

Project Budget

The project was successfully completed within its approved budget of $112.3 million, despite increasing offshore installation costs due to extremely bad weather conditions. This cost increase was offset by savings in other activities, such as procurement and fabrication.

Execution Strategy

The project execution strategy was based on a GUPCO Project Management Team managing contracts for engineering, onshore fabrication and offshore installation. A major contributor to the success of the Hilal Redevelopment Project has been the excellent performance of our contractors, which are represented as follows:

ENPPI as the engineering design contractor.

PETROJET as the fabrication contractor.

VALENTINE MARITIME as the piles, jacket, and deck installation offshore contractor.

PETROLEUM MARINE SERVICE (PMS) as the pipelines installation offshore contractor.

HSE Achievements

Safety continues to be our number one priority. Achieving 2.4 million man-hours without a lost time incident is an indication of how GUPCO has successfully managed the Hilal-B platform project activities while maintaining its commitment to safety.

Technology Development

A new technology has been developed in which the platform is fully operated through a solar power generation system that can provide the platform electric power demand up to four continuous days without requiring sunlight.

This power generation will minimize emissions to the atmosphere, and subsequently have less of an environmental impact.

The power system supply shall be through solar cells oriented in the direction of platform south to deliver its maximum power to feed platform electrical loads.


Welcome! Login in to your account

Remember me Lost your password?

Don't have account. Register

Lost Password