Engineering firm McDermott International has reported substantial completion of Pemex’s Abkatun-A2 platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Located in Bay of Campeche, the offshore production platform has now been turned over to Pemex to start commercial operations. McDermott was responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, transport, installation, hook up, commissioning and start-up.

The Abkatun-A2 platform will provide replacement as well as expansion capabilities to the existing Ku-Maloob-Zaap, Cantarell and Ayatsil facilities.

Fabrication for the Abkatun-A2 project was carried out at McDermott’s Altamira, Mexico fabrication facility. McDermott used its Derrick Barge 50 and Intermac 650 vessels for the transportation and installation of the platform.

McDermott International North, Central and South America senior vice-president Mark Coscio said: “With substantial completion of the Abkatun-A2 platform project successfully achieved, Pemex is ready to begin commercial operations.

“The project demonstrates our ability to deliver a vertically integrated, turnkey EPCI solution to build and commission platforms and associated structures utilising our project management, engineering and fabrication teams in Mexico.”

The platform is located at water depths of 124ft and has the capacity to handle up to 220,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude output and 352 million cubic feet a day of natural gas.

By bringing the new platform online, Pemex will be able to replace another platform that was damaged by a large fire in 2016.

In June 2016, McDermott secured a $454m contract to provide engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) for Abkatun-A2 platform.