Intermoor to Provide & Install Mooring for Kikeh Project

InterMoor, an Acteon company that set a conventional mooring world record late last year by deploying an on board mooring system in up to 7,086 feet (2,160 meters) of water for Murphy Sabah Oil Company, has finalized another mooring agreement with Murphy Sabah Oil for the Kikeh Field Development.

InterMoor will be engineering, procuring and installing nine anchors and associated preset mooring lines in the Kikeh Field offshore Sabah, East Malaysia, InterMoor Vice President Harry Wilson announced.

With the preset mooring lines in place for the life of the field, a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) can efficiently relocate as scheduled to serve the field's four drill centers through the course of the development.

InterMoor designed the mooring system to allow relocation of the MODU and facilitate drilling operations in an area with complex subsea architecture, including permanent mooring systems, flowlines, wells and other structures. Water depths at the Kikeh field's drilling locations range from 4,200 to 4,400 feet (1,280 to 1,340 meters).

Mooring installation is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2006.

Kikeh has reserves in excess of 400 million barrels and is on schedule for first production in the second half of 2007. Murphy Sabah Oil, Ltd., is the operator of the field along with its partner Petronas Carigali Bhd.