PARIS -- Technip has set two new industry records with its work on Shell's Perdido development in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell operates the project on behalf of partners Chevron and BP.
The company installed the industry's deepest reeled flowline in a water depth of 2,961 m (9,713 ft) and the deepest reeled steel catenary riser in a water depth of 2,469 m (8,100 ft). The combined total length of the flowline and riser is 13.2 km (8.2 mi). Installation was successfully completed in January.
Technip's operating center in Houston, Texas, executed the contract. Welding operations took place at the group's spoolbase in Mobile, Alabama. The offshore installation was performed using Technip's deepwater pipelay vesselDeep Blue.
Under the terms of separate contracts, Technip supplied the Perdido umbilicals as well as the hull and mooring system for the spar platform. Moored in about 2,400 m (8,000 ft) of water, the spar is the deepest production facility in the world and the first with direct vertical access, the company says.