Murphy Awards Front Runner Contract

Murphy Oil Corporation has awarded a contract to J. Ray McDermott, Inc. to construct a Floating Production System for the Front Runner Project. Murphy operates the project and owns 37.5% with partners Dominion Exploration & Production, Inc. (37.5%), and Spinnaker Exploration Company (25%).

SparTEC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of J. Ray McDermott, Inc. will be the General Contractor responsible for the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) of the Spar.

The Front Runner partners have approved a plan for the development of the area utilizing a Truss Spar type Floating Production System. The Spar will have the capability of handling 60,000 barrels of crude oil and 110 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The Project partners continue to evaluate export pipeline options. Targeted first production for the Project is first half of 2004.

The Front Runner Project is located in 3,500 feet of water on Green Canyon Blocks 338 and 339 in the Central Gulf of Mexico, approximately 135 miles south-southeast of Houma, Louisiana. The initial discovery well reached a total depth of 22,925 feet in March 2001.