McDermott installs first jacket from Dammam yard

McDermott, a U.S.-based engineering, procurement, construction and installation company, recently loaded out and installed the first jacket fully fabricated by the company at its recently opened Dammam fabrication yard in Saudi Arabia.

The Safaniya 264 jacket is part of McDermott’s long term agreement II (LTA II) scope of work with Saudi Aramco. The current scope of work being done at the Dammam yard covers four jackets, eight bridges and more than 70 subsea pipeline spools, as well as onshore support work.

The Dammam facility was inaugurated in August 2016 to support McDermott’s Middle East operations and expand the company’s regional capacity. It reflects McDermott’s commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia and key client Saudi Aramco in their localization efforts.

“The load-out of the first jacket from our Dammam fabrication facility marks another milestone in McDermott’s long term commitment to Saudi Arabia and their Vision 2030,” said Linh Austin, McDermott’s Vice President of Middle East and Caspian.

“Not only have we delivered our first jacket from our new facility, we’ve done it to Saudi Aramco’s schedule; all with no lost time incidents.”

The jacket has been installed in the Safaniya oil field, located 125 miles (200 km) north of Dhahran in the Arabian Gulf, by McDermott’s Derrick Barge 32 vessel.

Recently, McDermott was awarded an EPCI contract for four jackets and three gas observation platforms, the third fast-track project awarded to McDermott by Saudi Aramco in the past 18 months.

This milestone follows McDermott’s recent announcement that it had signed a strategic memorandum of understanding with Saudi Aramco for a long-term land lease at the new maritime facility at Ras Al Khair in Saudi Arabia, currently being developed by Saudi Aramco.

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