Gulf Marine Wins Matterhorn TLP Topsides Project

Technip-Coflexip Group announced that Atlantia Offshore Limited has awarded Gulf Marine Fabricators a fabrication contract for the Matterhorn dry-tree TLP topsides facility and foundation piles. GMF based in Aransas Pass, U.S.A. is an entity of the Technip-Coflexip Group. The work scope includes procurement, fabrication and outfitting of a 6000-ton topsides facility with a height of 18.9 meters and an area of approximately 5900 square meters. The scope also includes the fabrication of 6 piles each 96 inches in diameter and 415 feet long. The piles have a total weight of 2100 tons. The mini-TLP platform will be installed at Mississippi Canyon Block 243 in 2800 feet of water.

GMF will perform this work at its North Yard located in Aransas Pass, Texas. The topsides work will commence the first quarter of 2002 with completion in May 2003. The pile work is also scheduled to start during the first quarter of 2002 with a completion date in July 2002.

Over the past few years, GMF has invested in improvements and upgrades to its North Yard facilities. These upgrades include the addition of a large covered fabrication building, blast and paint buildings, new underground utilities grid, concrete deck erection pads and substantial dockside improvements to enhance deepwater access and provide clients with an efficient fabrication facility for larger deepwater projects.

Brinson Miles, President of Gulf Marine Fabricators, stated: "I am particularly pleased at the renewed confidence TotalFinaElf and Atlantia have expressed in Gulf Marine Fabricators. With upgrade investments to the North Yard facilities, GMF is in a better position to respond to its clients' expanding deepwater needs in the GoM and provide one of the most efficient topsides fabrication facilities on the Gulf Coast."