Williams commissions Canyon Station platform

Williams Field Services, a unit of Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, has commissioned its 500 MMcfd Canyon Station production-handling platform 60 miles south of Mobile Bay, Ala.

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, July 23 -- Williams Field Services, a unit of Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, has commissioned its 500 MMcfd Canyon Station production-handling platform 60 miles south of Mobile Bay, Ala.

The fixed-leg platform stands in 300 ft of water on East Main Pass Block 261. It will treat, process, and handle natural gas and gas liquids from 10 deepwater wells 55 miles away in Camden Hills, Kings Peak, and Aconcagua fields, which lie in 5,000-7,200 ft of water.

From the Canyon Station platform, Williams will operate all subsea well monitoring, flow control, and chemical injection functions. The company is using a new methanol recovery process, developed by Houston-based Paragon Engineering Services Inc., to provide flow assurance for the deepwater wells.

Gas fields are being developed by their owner companies and operated by TotalFinaElf E&P USA Inc., Marathon Oil Co., and BP PLC. The fields link into the Canyon Express gathering system operated by TotalFinaElf and jointly owned with Marathon, BP, Pioneer Natural Resources Co., and Nippon Oil Exploration USA Ltd. (OGJ May 6, 2002, p. 52).

Dual 12-in. flowlines from the fields are slated for completion over the next 2 months, allowing first deliveries through the platform to begin in September. From the platform, three pipeline outlets will deliver gas onshore to a variety of markets.

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