Saudi Aramco announced continued growth for its In-Kingdom Total Value Add Program (KTVA) in 2016, noting the completion of the largest offshore tie-in platform ever constructed in Saudi Arabia.
The Marham TP-9 Deck’s fabrication completion is part of the company’s Offshore Maintain Potential Program. A celebration of the milestone event earlier this year included comments from Ahmed A. Al-Saadi, the senior vice president of technical services at Saudi Aramco.
“The completion of the massive 3,500-ton structure represents a major milestone for Saudi Aramco’s strategy to develop its offshore oil resources and to sustain the in-Kingdom manufacturing capabilities," Al-Saadi said. This is the biggest offshore structure to have been fabricated to date in Saudi Arabia, and a major proof of the high level of technical competency and capability that in-Kingdom manufacturers have achieved."
Fabricating platforms for the offshore oil and gas fields was a first for the Kingdom. Completion of the fabrication scope cements the company’s commitment to the development of the vast offshore hydrocarbon resources of the Kingdom, as well its commitment to Saudi Vision 2030.
“In my view there is an even greater significance to the work that’s been done here," Al-Saadi said. "At Saudi Aramco, our new mandate is Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for an accelerated and broad diversification of the economy, driven by entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and targeted investment."