SAN RAMON, California -- Chevron says its Tahiti development in the Gulf of Mexico will face delays because of "metallurgical" problems discovered in the spar's mooring shackles, which connect components of a mooring line together. This problem, however, does not impact the integrity of the spar's hull, according to Chevron.
New shackles have been ordered. Once delivery timing is confirmed, installation on the field's facilities will resume, Chevron says. Tahiti was scheduled for completion in mid-2008.
Fabrication of Tahiti's hull and mooring system is being done by Technip in Pori, Finland.