To undertake operations needed for the first exploration well in Block 4, the Right Holder Operator Total E&P Liban designated a supply base at the Port of Beirut on quay 3. A supply base is needed to receive, prepare, store and ship equipment from the base to the drilling vessel. The contract was awarded in September 2019 to Fast Bollore Logistics and the contractor obtained the required authorization from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to operate. The following milestones highlight steps leading to the accommodation and establishment of the supply base:
On 20 November 2019 the quay handover took place, after which the warehouse underwent cleaning and the first cabins were set in addition to the liquid mud plant containment bund. Fencing works ended in December 2019.
On the 27th of September 2019 material, equipment and utilities necessary to undertake exploration activities in block 4 began to be loaded following the supply base accommodations. These activities include mainly of material such Long Lead Items (LLIs), casing and Cargo, Carrying Units (CCUs) reception and Liner Hanger.
The equipment loaded included the Liquid Mud Plant equipment mob as well as the transfer of the Oil Spill related equipment from Total MS.
In parallel utilities have also been loaded such as the water tank, the installation of electrical generators, electrical connection to the port grid and the cameras deployment to name a few.
As a result Liquid Mud Plants (LMPs) and Cement Bulk Plants (CBPs) were ready to be installed as of the 19th of December 2019 until the 27th of January 2020.
Consequently, several missions in preparation for the operational phase took place such as equipment inspection missions, Vallourec casing inspection missions, casing magnetization, signs inspections and lifting audits. Inspection missions lasted until February 2020.
At this stage, following the receipt of the necessary material, equipment and utilities and their inspection, the supply base was ready to service the first exploration activities in the Lebanese offshore in Block 4. On the 5th of February 2020 three supply vessels arrived and docked at the Beirut Port and exploration activities started and were completed in May 2020.
Once drilling exploration activities have been completed in Block 4, the Right Holder Operator underwent the demobilization of the supply base. During this phase Liner Hangers were re-exported, the last waste transferred to Cyprus, and the Cargo Carrying Units (CCUs) as well as cement silos were demobilized.