Stolt Offshore Awarded Contract In Nigeria

Stolt Offshore has been awarded a contract from Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria for the offshore pipelay associated with the construction of the Shell Offshore Gas Gathering System.

The contract, which has been awarded to a consortium of Stolt Offshore and DSNL, a subsidiary of the Adamac group of companies in Nigeria, is valued at $135 million to Stolt Offshore. The construction of the Offshore Gas Gathering System (OGGS) involves the installation of 54 miles of 24-inch pipeline from Forcados/Yokri to the Bonga OGGS Riser Platform and 11 miles of 16-inch pipeline from South Forcados to the Bonga OGGS Riser Platform. A 164 mile, 32-inch trunkline, including 5 miles onshore, to connect to the Bonny Island Liquid Natural Gas plant, will also be installed. This is the largest trunkline to be constructed offshore West Africa to date.

Pipelay operations will begin in the third quarter of 2002 following the landfall works. Adamac will construct the onshore receiving facilities as well as providing pipe coating, storage and loading services from their base in Port Harcourt.