J Ray McDermott completes truss-spar Hull

J. Ray McDermott’s Dubai-based opeartion has completed the fabrication of a 179 meters long, 29 meters diameter 12,785 tonnes Front Runner truss-Spar hull.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 13, 2003

J. Ray McDermott’s Dubai-based opeartion has completed the fabrication of a 179 meters long, 29 meters diameter 12,785 tonnes Front Runner truss-Spar hull. After 15 months of construction the structure was loaded onto a heavy transport barge during a 16-hour operation, in early October. The vessel embarked for the Suez Canal on schedule. It took just 18 days to reach the Mediterranean. It is expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico by mid-December. In total the structure will travel over 17,400km before it reaches its final destination, Block 338 in Green Canyon 217 kilometers off the coast of Louisiana. J. Ray McDermott Gulf of Mexico will install the structure in over 1,067 meters of water, where it will form the base of Murphy Oil’s Front Runner field development platform. “J. Ray McDermott is one of only two companies in the world that has proprietary rights to Spar technology,” explained Kurt Nelson senior vice-president, sales, marketing and strategic planning. With the successful fabrication of three Spar hulls, J. Ray McDermott has learned significant lessons from the project. “First, we have advanced state-of-the-art hull design by leveraging our extensive fabrication experience. Secondly, we have expanded the number of fully credentialed Spar hull fabrication facilities, with these projects, Spar hulls have now been successfully fabricated at J. Ray McDermott’s [UAE] and [Indonesian] fabrication yards, and in Finland. Thirdly, we have improved the position of the Spar concept through the inclusion of our very competitive yards in both the Middle East and Asia Pacific,” Nelson explained. Once installed, the floating platform will be able to handle 60,000 barrels of crude oil and 110 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from Front Runner and several other nearby prospects operated by Murphy Oil. Production is scheduled to start in the second half of 2004.

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