Subsea 7 to Install Tanker Loading System at Draugen Field for Shell

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Subsea 7 Inc. received a US $30 million call-off by A/S Norske Shell for installation work at the Draugen field in the Norwegian sector of the Northern North Sea. The project is a call-off under the existing Pan European USC frame agreement held with Shell.

The project is related to Shell's installation of a new type of Tanker Loading System, which will replace an existing tanker loading unit. The Subsea 7 operation will disconnect two 15" flexible risers, then install two new 16" flexible pipelines to connect the subsea infrastructure with a new Subsea Loading System, and associated equipment to complete the Tanker Loading System.

Engineering and project management will commence immediately and be delivered from Subsea 7's Stavanger office in Norway. The offshore phase will be carried out by the company’s latest state-of-the-art deepwater Flex / J-lay vessel, the Seven Seas, and an ROV support vessel from the Subsea 7 fleet during 2009.

Tor Espedal, Vice-President Norway for Subsea 7 said, "Shell is an important client for Subsea 7 and we are delighted to assist in installing this new Tanker Loading System. This project builds upon our long-standing relationship with Shell in Norway."

The Draugen field is located in License PL093 in the Haltenbanken area approximately 140 km north of Kristiansund. The partners in the license are Norske Shell (26.2%), BP (18.36%), Chevron (7.56%) and Petoro (47.88%).

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