Wellstream has been awarded a contract by Kerr-McGee for the supply of a flexible flowline, jumper and risers for the Gunnison spar development project in the Gulf of Mexico. The field, located in approximately 3,100 feet of water, was discovered in May 2000 on Garden Banks block 668 and will be developed using the truss spar Kerr-McGee Global Producer VII. First oil from the development is anticipated in first quarter 2004.
The project scope will be manufactured at Wellstream's Panama City, Florida, USA facility where full scale burst and dynamic testing will be carried out to confirm the pipe structure. Items delivered in June 2003 will include:
- One 5.375-inch ID flowline 8,000psi
- Three 5.375-inch ID risers 8,000psi
- One 5.375-inch ID jumper 8,000psi
"Kerr-McGee and Wellstream have had a long and successful history in project execution including the Mississippi Canyon, Neptune, Boomvang, Nansen, Navajo and Leadon field developments. This award is a continuation of the prosperous relationship developed over the last decade," said Brian Cocksedge, managing director, Wellstream. "The project offers technical challenges for Wellstream due to high pressure and deepwater specifications. High strength armor material will be utilized on the designs which allows for a lighter weight product to meet the onerous operating conditions."