Deep-sea mooring test successful

A project sponsored by five major Gulf of Mexico operators has demonstrated a new ultradeepwater mooring system for mobile drilling units.Houston-based Aker Marine Contractors Inc. (AMC) and Marlow Ropes successfully completed testing of the new technology, which is part of a program sponsored by BP Amoco PLC, Chevron Corp., Mobil Corp., Vastar Resources Inc., and BHP Petroleum Pty. Ltd.The new technology's components are expected to allow drilling units to be moored in water as deep as 10,000 ft. Both the US Minerals Management Service and the American Bureau of Shipping have approved the system.As part of the testing of the new technology, AMC installed its suction-embedded plate anc...

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