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    Contractors prepare for Mardi Gras S-lay tenders

    Contracts, Tenders and Rates // June 15, 2001
    Quest Offshore Intelligence Brief reports that contractors are busy preparing tenders for the S-Lay workscope of approximately 282 miles of new pipeline associated with BP's Mardi Gras Transportation System.

    BP's bid package indicates that there are potentially three pipeline scopes of Work (SOW) for installation during 2002 and two additional pipeline (SOW) for installation in 2003.

    In 2002, BP is looking at the installation of 69 miles of 20-inch diameter gas pipeline from ST 165 out to the Southern Green Canyon (SGC) area in about 3,500 FSW; 38.5 miles of 28-inch diameter crude oil pipeline from EWB 826 out to SGC in 3,500 FSW; and 35 miles of 28-inch diameter oil line from South Pass 89 out to Southern Mississippi Canyon (SMC) in 3,500 FSW ultimately connecting to the ultra-deepwater J-Lay portions to be laid from the Crazy Horse FPS in SMC 778/822.

    In 2003, BP is targeting the installation of 55 miles of 30-inch diameter oil pipeline in the shallow-to-shelf waters from Grand Isle to South Pass 89, and 84.5 miles of 30-inch diameter oil pipeline from Grand Isle to Ewing Bank Block 826 ultimately linking to the Mad Dog and Holstein Spars in SGC.

    Contractors vying for the contracts are thought to include, but not limited to:Allseas' Lorelay, Solitaire and Trenchsetter; Saipem through European Marine Contractors' (EMC) pipelay semi Castoro Sei, derrick/pipelay barge Castoro Otto, and trench/pipelay barges Castoro 10 and BAR 331; Stolt Offshore's flagship pipelay semi LB 200and DLB 801; J Ray McDermott's DLB 30 and DLB KP-1; in addition to Global Industries' DLB Hercules, Iroquois, and Cherokee.

    Horizon Offshore's Gulf Horizon, Lone Star Horizon, and flagship bury barge Canyon Horizon, plus Global Industries' Seneca and Mohawk, are likely to compete for shallow water pipelay and burial activities associated with the project.

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