Chevron, Shell let contract for Jack-St. Malo export line installation

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Dec. 17 -- Amberjack Pipeline Co. LLC, a partnership between Chevron Pipe Line Co. and Shell Pipeline Co. LP, let a contract to Saipem for the Walker Ridge export pipeline, which will transport crude from the offshore Jack and St. Malo (JSM) fields about 280 miles south of New Orleans.

Scope of work includes transportation and installation of a 24-in. OD oil export pipeline, extending 136 miles from a maximum water depth of 7,000 ft and connecting the JSM floating production unit to a Shell-owned and operated platform on Green Canyon Block 19 (OGJ Online, Dec. 15, 2010).

Marine activities will be performed by the newbuild pipelay vessel Castorone starting first-quarter 2013.

The contract is the first award for Castorone, which currently under construction. The 1,083-ft dynamically positioned vessel is designed to lay pipes up to 60-in OD.

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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