These orders are for subsea production controls umbilicals totaling 178 kilometers, approximately 110 miles, in length featuring the use of high collapse resistant (HCR) hoses developed by Petrobras and Oceaneering. The HCR hoses, which have a steel carcass, allow for chemical injection using low specific gravity chemicals without incurring the cost and weight disadvantages of stainless steel tubes. Manufacture of these umbilicals at our facility in Niteroi, Brazil is projected to start September 2005 and continue through 2007.
John Huff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "With these contracts we now have more backlog for our Brazil umbilical plant than the previous peak in mid-2001.
"This year we are experiencing what is anticipated to be a record level of worldwide market demand for umbilicals. Based on third-party market estimates we expect historically high levels of umbilical demand to continue into 2006."
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