Gulf of Mexico

A subsidiary of engineering and construction company McDermott International has won a contract from Williams Partners to provide transport and installation services for the Gulfstar FPS GS-1 Spar hull and moorings in the Gulf of Mexico.

The spar hull will be seated in approximately 4,200ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico’s Mississippi Canyon.

Steven W Roll, McDermott Atlantic vice president and general manager, said his company’s involvement on spar projects ranges from full engineering, procurement, construction and installation experience, to installation of hulls, moorings or topsides, including some of the first Spar platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Our experience with classic spar installation and synthetic mooring deployment, as well as our overall competitiveness on the project, gave us the leading edge," said Roll.

McDermott’s recently improved DB50 vessel will install the moorings before transporting the spar hull to the installation site, where it will be upended and ballasted before installing a temporary work deck. The offshore campaign is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2013.

"We have invested more than $150m to improve our well established deepwater combination heavy lift and pipelay vessel DB50, by enhancing the power and propulsion systems, and adding a new deepwater lowering system," explained Roll.

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Image: The Spar platform is destined for the Gulf of Mexico’s Mississippi Canyon. Photo courtesy of: GatorSlayerFSU.