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    Production gets underway on Sable Field

    Projects and Operations // September 1, 2003
    The Bluewater group and Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA (Pty) Ltd), have announced that Bluewater's FPSO Glas Dowr commenced production on 7 August 2003 on the Sable field.

    The Sable field is located in the Bredasdorp basin offshore South Africa about 150 km Southwest of Mossel Bay. Field Operators are PetroSA (Pty) Ltd. and Dallas-based partner company Pioneer Natural Resources South Africa (Pty) Limited.

    Prior to commissioning, Glas Dowr's production and processing facilities were upgraded and modified in a Cape Town-based construction yard.

    Bluewater expects to operate the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, shuttle tanker and subsea equipment for the duration of the Sable field's productive life. The term of the service agreement is ten years, unless terminated earlier, with a minimum term of three years.

    Bluewater contracted Technip France for the design, supply and installation of the subsea facilities at the Sable field, including all production risers and umbilicals, in-field flow lines and associated equipment. Technip France also completed the installation and hook up of the vessel.

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