FMC Sets Water Depth Record at Coulumb Project

FMC Technologies, Inc. reports that its subsea systems have been installed on the Shell-operated Coulomb project, in the world-record water depth for a subsea completion of approximately 7,600 feet.

The Coulomb project is a two-well subsea tieback to the Na Kika host facility, in the Mississippi Canyon area of the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Petrobras is a partner in the north well. FMC Technologies also supplied the subsea systems for the Na Kika project, which is co-owned by Shell and BP.

In 1996, Shell and FMC Technologies formed a subsea alliance for the development of projects within Shell's deepwater portfolio. The alliance was founded on the concept of engineering standardized products that could be integrated into a wide variety of systems used to develop multi-well subsea projects. The Coulomb project utilizes the standard vertical subsea tree completion system developed through the alliance.

"The subsea tree for the Coulomb project was one of 47 manufactured last year in our Houston facility, which focuses on serving the Gulf of Mexico," said Peter D. Kinnear, Executive Vice President - FMC Technologies. "This milestone was made possible through our subsea alliance and close working relationship with Shell."