Dragados Loads Out PBKUA-2 Module at Tampico Yard

Dragados Offshore said that last week it loaded out the production and compression platform module PBKUA-2 for at its Tampico yard in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

According to the company, the milestone demonstrates its high level of human resources and facilities at the yard. The maneuver entailed sliding the 9,100-ton module 245 meters, using four 200-tonne jacks and two 70-tonne jacks.

The platform PBKUA2 was constructed for Pemex Exploracion y Produccion. Dragados performed the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning at the yard during a 21-month period.

The final destination of the production and compression platform is the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field in Campeche (Gulf of Mexico). The platform is designed to pump oil and compress sour gas coming from wells.

PBKUA2 includes six turbopumps for oil duty, and each turbopump can produce 50,000 barrels per day. The platform is equipped with three booster turbocompressors, each capable of compressing 72 million cubic foot of gas per day. It also features two turbocompressors for vapor recovery, dividers, and other process equipment. Three 2.5--MW turbogenerators will supply power to the production platform and to the adjacent living quarters and production platforms. PBKUA2 also has a control room, an electrical room, a laboratory, and a tower crane.

Dragados said that the project team estimates the module's sail away date will be February 10 so that installation in the Gulf of Mexico can begin the eighth week of 2007.

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