Topsides fabrication is set to begin in August for the world's first spar oil and gas production platform. Work is to occur under a contract let by Oryx Energy Co., Dallas, to J. Ray McDermott SA (JRM), New Orleans. JRM was formed last Jan. 31, through a merger of McDermott International Inc.'s marine construction business with Offshore Pipelines Inc., Houston. The deepwater spar platform is to be installed in fall 1996 on the Neptune prospect on Viosca Knoll Block 826 in the Gulf of Mexico (OGJ, Nov. 21,1994, p. 33). Oryx, Neptune operator, shares interest in the lease 50-50 with CNG Producing Co., New Orleans,...

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