Gulf Island Fabrication Inks Deal to Build Topsides for Neptune Platform

Gulf Island Fabrication says that its wholly owned subsidiary Gulf Island, has executed a contract with Atlantia Offshore Limited to fabricate the topsides for the Neptune Platform. The Neptune field is a joint venture operated by BHP Billiton Petroleum with partners Marathon Oil Corp., Woodside Energy (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Woodside Petroleum Ltd., and Maxus (US) Exploration, a subsidiary of Repsol YPF. The platform is located in approximately 4,300 feet of water in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf Island began fabrication during the 4th quarter of 2005 and expects to deliver the topsides in 2007. The company will use its existing facilities and labor in Houma to complete the project. The projected revenue and man-hours for this project were included in the backlog numbers released on Oct. 26, 2005. However, financial terms of this specific contract will not be disclosed.

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