By the OGJ Online Staff
HOUSTON, Oct. 24 -- Atlantia Offshore Ltd., Houston, awarded Keppel FELS Ltd., Singapore, a $22 million contract to build a tension-leg platform hull for use in the US Gulf of Mexico.
The Keppel Group arm will build the TLP to Atlantia's proprietary SeaStar design.
The system will be installed on TotalFinaElf E&P USA's Matterhorn field on Mississippi Canyon Block 243. It will support a self-contained topside with full production, workover, utility, and accommodation capabilities.
The 84-ft diameter column hull structure, to be built at the Pioneer yard in Singapore, consists of a central moonpool and a Y-shaped base pontoon for attachment of the mooring tendons.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2002.
TotalFinaElf previously said it would use a floating structure to develop the field but did not reveal the type (OGJ Online, July 18, 2001).
TotalFinaElf E&P USA is an affiliate of French company TotalFinaElf SA.