SHELL PUSHES TLP PROJECT OFF LOUISIANA

Shell Offshore Inc. has let contracts totaling $475 million for components of its Auger development project in Garden Banks Block 426 off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Installation in 1993 of a tension leg platform (TLP) in a record water depth of 2,860 ft is included in the agreements. McDermott Inc. will fabricate the TLP deck, mate the deck and hull, and install the TLP, lateral mooring system, and deepwater pipelines. Belleli SpA will fabricate the hull, and Sonat Inc. will perform

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