McDermott Completes Deepwater Medusa Spar Project

J. Ray McDermott has completed the Medusa Spar Project, the first Spar platform in the world delivered on a full scope engineer-procure-install-construct ("EPIC") basis. SparTEC, a subsidiary of J. Ray McDermott, provided overall project management for the design engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of the offshore production facility, which is located in over 2,200 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Utilization of J. Ray's worldwide facilities and engineering capabilities to complete this project is an important milestone for us. While we faced a number of significant challenges, we have been able to use the lessons learned from the Medusa project on the other two EPIC Spar projects currently in our backlog. I want to congratulate everyone who worked so diligently to make this a reality," said Bob Deason, president and chief operating officer of J. Ray.

The design of the Spar facility consisting of hull, mooring system, topsides and production facilities was led by SparTEC utilizing proprietary technology designed to provide operators with leading edge development solutions in water depths of up to 9,000 feet. The hull, which was constructed at J. Ray's facility in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, is 586 feet in length, 94 feet in diameter and weighs over 12,800 tons. The Jebel Ali facility is constructing its second Spar hull scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2003. The topside, which weighs over 6,000 tons, was prefabricated in subassemblies at the Company's facility in Veracruz, Mexico, then assembled and outfitted at its Harbor Island facility near Corpus Christi, Texas. The buoyancy can system and mooring piles were also fabricated at J. Ray's facility in Mexico. J. Ray performed the offshore installation of the Spar platform utilizing its Derrick Barge 50 and Shearleg crane. The Company was also responsible for hookup and commissioning of the platform.

The Medusa field, which is operated by Murphy Oil Corp., is a deepwater development located in Mississippi Canyon Block 582 approximately 100 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, and is capable of producing 40,000 barrels of oil per day.

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