Pemex office

US-based McDermott International has announced that one of its affiliates has received a $230m turnkey contract from Pemex Exploration and Production for the PB-Litoral-A production platform in the Litoral de Tabasco and Tsimin-Xux fields in Mexico.

The scope of the contract includes front end engineering design, detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, load-out, sea fastening, transport, installation, hook-up and commissioning.

It will also involve the start-up of an eight-legged 1,800-tonne jacket, 4,500-tonne topsides and 2,000 tonnes of tripods, bridges and piles of the facility, which weighs 8,300 tonnes.

The company will deploy its Intermac 600 float-over barge and float-over technology to carry out installation of the topsides, which it claims will be cost-effective for Pemex.

McDermott will use its upgraded and improved McDermott Derrick Barge 50 to install key platform components and provide additional support during the entire installation process.

Under the contract, the company will also conduct bridge and piping tie in, and brownfield work on the CA-Litoral-A HP compression platform.

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Apart from the engineering work, training will also be provided to the Pemex crew for operation and maintenance of the facility, once commissioned.

McDermott will commence engineering work at its engineering offices in Houston, US, and Chennai, India, and fabrication work at Altamira, Mexico, in early 2013.

During peak work the company will employ around 550 craft personnel in the project, which it is expected to complete during the second quarter of 2015.

Image: Pemex’s offices in Mexico. Photo courtesy of JEDIKNIGHT1970.