GOM shelf project nears completion

Pipelay for Williams Cos. Inc.'s East Breaks project offshore Texas in the Gulf of Mexico achieved a high lay rate in its activity in late spring and summer, according to Stolt Offshore Inc., lay contractor for the project.On June 28, derrick lay barge DLB 801 achieved its highest lay rate of 327 joints/day on 24 in., 0.562-in. WT pipe, laying pipe in the shallow water portion of the project. For the deepwater portion of the system, Coflexip Stena Offshore's CSO Deep Blue Sea is installing export pipelines from fields in 3,700-ft water.Automatic weldingStolt received the multimillion-dollar contract from Williams in January. The shallow water portion of the deepwater Boomvang-Nans...

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