Telemark, Clipper Corridor field development advances in gulf

Development of the ATP Oil & Gas-operated Telemark and Clipper Corridor discoveries in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico advanced with the awarding by Bluewater Industries of two lumpsum contracts to Technip.

Guntis Moritis
OGJ Production Editor

HOUSTON, May 12 -- Development of the ATP Oil & Gas Corp.-operated Telemark and Clipper Corridor discoveries in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico advanced with the awarding by Bluewater Industries Inc. of two lumpsum contracts to Technip.

Bluewater is managing the two development projects. ATP owns 100% of Telemark, and 55% of Clipper Corridor.

Telemark lies on Atwater Valley Block 63 in 4,450 ft of water and will be tied back to ATP's Titan Mini DOC deep-draft floating drilling and production platform scheduled for installation in midyear in Mirage and Morgus fields on Mississippi Canyon blocks 941 and 942, respectively.

The Telemark contract to Technip includes the design and manufacturing of one high-pressure, 2-mile long flexible riser, engineering for installation and welding of one 13-mile oil and gas production flowline, installation of the flowline and associated riser with an option to install an umbilical, fabrication and installation of subsea structures and a jumper, and precommissioning work.

Clipper Corridor lies on Green Canyon Block 299 in 3,460 ft of water and will be tied back to the Front Runner spar, operated by Murphy Oil Corp., on Green Canyon Block 338.

The Clipper Corridor contract covers design and manufacture of two 1½-mile high-pressure flexible risers; engineering for the installation and welding of one 15½-mile pipe-in-pipe oil production flowline and one 15½-mile gas line; installation of the flowlines, risers, and umbilical; fabrication and installation of four subsea structures and associated jumpers and flying leads; and precommissioning work.

Technip's operating center in Houston will execute these contracts, with riser fabrication in Le Trait, France, and flowline welding in Mobile, Ala.

Technip says offshore installation is scheduled for late 2009 to early 2010 for the Telemark project and for second quarter 2010 for the Clipper Corridor project, using the Deep Blue, Technip's deepwater pipelay vessel.

Technip will use also its Deep Pioneer deepwater construction vessel on the Telemark project.

Contact Guntis Moritis at guntism@ogjonline.com.

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