Coflexip Stena Awarded Contract for Sable Development

Bluewater (UK) Ltd. has awarded Coflexip Stena Offshore International (CSOI), a business unit of Coflexip Stena Offshore, Paris, a contract for the design and supply of certain subsea system components and related services for the development of Sable field, in the Bredasdorp basin off South Africa.

The agreement calls for CSOI to design, supply and install the subsea facilities at Sable, including all production risers and umbilicals, in-field flow lines and associated equipment. In addition to these subsea facilities, CSOI will install Bluewater's 3-bundle mooring system, comprising of nine (chain-wire) mooring legs and anchor piles. CSOI will also mobilize, install and hook up Bluewater's Glas Dowr Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel in about 100 meters of water at a location about 150 km southwest of Mossel Bay.

In June, Sable field Operator, Soekor E & P (Pty) Ltd. of Parow, South Africa, and partners Pioneer Natural Resources South Africa (Pty) Limited and Petroleum Limited awarded Bluewater a contract to provide and operate production facilities for the field.

Plans call for Sable to be developed with four production wells, one water-injection well and one gas-injection well. Production is to commence by yearend 2002.

Bluewater (UK) Ltd., a member of the Bluewater Group of Companies, has built a technological lead specialising in lease and operation of tanker-based Production and Storage systems, and has become a leading provider of innovative Single Point Mooring systems.