McDermott scoops major Aramco offshore work

18 August 2006
Jebel Ali-based J Ray McDermott (Middle East) announced on 15 August that it had been awarded the fabrication and installation contract of 16 production deck modules (PDMs) at the offshore Safaniya, Marjan, Berri and Zuluf fields. Estimated to be worth $350 million-400 million, the lump-sum turnkey (LSTK) contract is part of Saudi Aramco's offshore maintenance potential programme. It aims to increase production from the four fields by 150,0000 barrels a day (b/d) to 450,000 b/d by 2009/10 (MEED 21:4:06).
Other bidders for the contract included: the local/Malaysian team of Rafid Group with Ramunia Arabia; the US' Global Offshore with Abu Dhabi-based Subtec National Company; Abu Dhabi-based National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC); Italy's Saipem; and

an Egyptian team of Petrojet

with Arab Company for Projects & Maintenance.

The contract includes the installation of seven production platforms

at Safaniya and Berri and nine

at the Marjan and Zuluf fields.

McDermott will carry out fabrication of the PDMs at its yard in Jebel Ali. Each PDM will weigh 450 tonnes, with the first steel to be cut in October. The first two decks will be installed in mid-2007, followed by 10 decks in October 2007 and the remaining four in mid-2008.

The PDM contract is McDermott's second award on the offshore maintenance potential programme. In late 2005, it was awarded the $250 million LSTK contract to fabricate and install 16 new jackets. Australia's WorleyParsons has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) package (MEED 23:12:05).

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