UK-based deepwater mooring specialist, First Subsea Ltd has been awarded a contract by Technip USA Inc to supply the mooring line connectors for a new spar platform moored in 7,000ft (2,134 m) of water in the Lucius field, Keathley Canyon block 875 in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Lucius spar will be moored by nine Ballgrab ball and taper mooring connectors attached to polyester mooring lines. The Ballgrab connector comprises a male connector and female receptacle. The Series III male connectors will comply with the new ABS Mooring Guide 2009.
“This is significant contract, and marks our ninth spar mooring project for Technip,” says Brian Green, general manager, First Subsea Ltd. “The flexibility and ease of deployment of Ballgrab ball and taper connectors will ensure the deepwater mooring goes smoothly. We look forward to working with Technip again.”
The Lucius spar, currently under construction at Technip’s facility in Pori, Finland, will be the largest of Anadarko’s operated spars — a deepwater production solution pioneered by the company in 1997.
It will have the capacity to produce in excess of 80,000 barrels of oil per day and 450 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
The Lucius unit includes portions of Keathley Canyon blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919. Anadarko Petroleum operates the Lucius field (35%), and its partners are Plains E&P (23.3%), ExxonMobil (15%), Apache (11.7%), Petrobras (9.6%) and Eni (5.4%)
Offshore Energy Today Staff, March 16, 2012.