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    Another spar for Aker Maritime

    News // October 5, 2000
    Aker Maritime has been awarded a contract for delivery of a sparfloating production platform hull and mooring for the Boomvang field in the Gulf of Mexico. The field is operated by Kerr-McGee.

    Delivery of the spar hull is scheduled for 4th quarter of 2001.

    Aker Maritime is responsible for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and delivery of the complete hull and moorings, and is also responsible for project management and the delivery of the riser systems in conjunction with J Ray McDermott.

    Earlier this year a joint venture of Aker Maritime and J Ray McDermott were awarded a similar contract for Kerr-McGee's Nansen field.

    The Boomvang platform will be Kerr-McGee's second truss spar, which incorporates a tubular truss system replacing the lower part of the cylindrical hull.

    The hull for Boomvang will be 165.5m (543ft) tall, with a diameter of 27.4m (90ft) and a displacement of 30,000 metric tons. The hull has a steel weight of approximately 10,000 metric tons.

    Boomvang is the sixth deepwater field to be developed using spar technology. The previous five platforms using this concept are Nansen, Horn Mountain, Diana, Genesis and Neptune, all located in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

    Aker Maritime has provided the hulls for all spar platforms currently operating and under construction.

    The Boomvang field is located in the Gulf of Mexico's East Breaks Blocks 642, 643, 688 and 732 approximately 115 miles south of Galveston, Texas, in a water depth of 3,450ft.

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