The scope of DNV GL is to verify the design for compliance with applicable local Romanian, European and international codes and standards. As per the current regulatory requirements in Romania, verification of the project is not mandatory at this point in time, however BSOG is aiming for technical expertise and input from DNV GL and to lay the basis for future compliance right from the beginning. Special attention is paid to the fulfilment of requirements from the EU offshore safety directive. DNV GL will provide experience from the recent ten years of verification work performed for projects offshore Romania and will provide multi-discipline technical support in any area of expertise as needed.
BSOG, wholly owned by CIEP, a fund of US private equity player Carlyle Group, is working on a development plan for the Ana and Doina fields, which are located on the Midia shallow-water block 15. The plan for the MGD project foresees the installation of a wellhead platform in approximately 70 metres of water at Ana to which a subsea well at the Doina discovery will be tied back by an 18 kilometres pipeline. From the Ana platform, a 121-kilometre export pipeline will run to shore where it will connect with a five-kilometre onshore link to the project’s gas treatment plant. That plant will in turn be linked to Romania’s national transmission system (NTS). The final investment decision by BSOG is expected in the second half of 2017. This would lead to first gas in 2019.