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HP-HT prospects

The Elgin-Franklin gas-condensate fields development in the U.K. North Sea marks the end of one era but acts as a pointer to another.The production utilities and quarters jack up being built by Brown & Root McDermott Fabricators Ltd., Nigg, Scotland, is expected to be the last giant platform used in a U.K. North Sea project.The 40,000 metric ton platform is due to be floated out of Nigg in March 2000, with a view to bringing Elgin and Franklin, which comprise the world's largest high-pressure, high-temperature development, on stream during the summer (OGJ, June 21, 1999, p. 18).Elgin-Franklin pushes the boundaries of HP-HT technology and is expected to help operator Elf Exploration U....

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