Saipem Confirms Incident on Castorone Pipelayer at Scarborough Gas Project

Milan-based offshore services company has reported an incident on the Castorone vessel during a pipelaying operation.

Saipem has confirmed that early on the morning of January 30 an incident occurred on the Castorone pipelay vessel off the waters of Australia during normal pipelaying operations.

According to the company, the incident did not cause injuries to personnel, and the Castorone vessel did not sustain any major damages.

However, localized damage to the trunkline was sustained which will be remediated.

“The health and safety of our personnel, of the environment and our assets is a top priority for Saipem,” reads the statement of Saipem.

To remind, Saipem was awarded an offshore contract in Australia in January 2022. The company received the notice to proceed (NTP) from Woodside, as operator for and on behalf of the Scarborough Joint Venture, for a contract related to the Scarborough project.

The Scarborough gas resource is located in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia, and is being developed through new offshore facilities connected by an approximately 430 km export trunkline with a 36”/32” diameter to a second LNG train (Pluto Train 2) at the existing Pluto LNG onshore facility.

The first cargo is expected to be delivered in 2026.

The work assigned to Saipem is relevant to coating, transportation and installation of the trunkline, at a maximum water depth of 1,400 meters, including the fabrication and installation of the line structures and of the pipeline end termination in 950-meter water depth.

Saipem said in a statement in 2022 that “offshore operations are planned to start in mid-2023 and will be mainly conducted by the Castorone vessel.”