J Ray wins multiple pipelines

Saudi Aramco awards engineering contracts for wellhead jackets and topsides, and pipeline installations in Safaniya

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  April 22, 2006

J Ray McDermott has won lump sum turnkey contracts from Saudi Aramco to supply platforms and pipelines for the Additional Maintain Potential Facilities project. Under the first contract J Ray will undertake detail engineering, purchase materials, build and install five topsides weighing over 2,870 tonnes, as well as one interconnecting bridge, two wellhead jackets and a tie-in jacket weighing over 4,300 tonnes, and a subsea template to support pipeline installation in the Safaniya and Zuluf fields. Construction is expected to begin at the company’s yard in Jebel Ali in the middle of this year. In addition to the platforms, J Ray’s marine operations will install three 16” pipelines totaling over 17km in length, in the Zuluf and Safaniya fields, as well as one 4km 20” pipeline and two 16” lines totaling 1.6km in the Safaniya field. Once installed, the company’s offshore crew will pre-commission the platforms and pipelines, scheduled for completion by the end of 2007. Under the second contract J Ray will install a 30” gas trunkline approximately 20km long from Abu Ali Island to Khursaniyah. It’s in-house engineering division, Mentor Subsea will perform pipeline engineering and the company’s marine fleet will install the pipeline scheduled for completion by early summer 2007. “We have a strong relationship with Saudi Aramco, and have successfully worked on many of their projects over the years. It is especially gratifying to be selected by Saudi Aramco to perform this work and expand our relationship,” said Hafez Aghili, senior vice president and general manager, Middle East and India, J Ray McDermott. “We expect our operations in the Middle East to grow this year and we intend to improve our production capacity to six million man-hours to cater to our increasing backlog of work.”

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