BJ Services Wins Work at Maari Field Offshore New Zealand

BJ Tubular Services has been awarded a contract to provide conductor installation services offshore New Zealand by OMV New Zealand Limited on behalf of the Maari Joint Venture, which is comprised of OMV New Zealand Limited, Todd Maari Limited, Horizon Oil International Limited and Cue Taranaki Pty Ltd. The contract provides for hydraulic hammer conductor-driving for 10 slots on the Maari Field development in Block PMP 38160, located to the south of New Zealand's Taranaki Coast. The scope of work calls for 30" stovepipes to be driven into the seafloor from the Maari Gravity Base Structure using a recoverable driving string.

The conductor-driving specialist plans to carry out these services using BJ's S-150 Hydraulic Hammer. Work is scheduled to commence in Q1 2008 and will be supported by BJ Tubular Services personnel from operations bases in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Singapore and Lafayette, Louisiana.

Hydrohammer Services: Efficient, Safe and Cost-effective
The S-150 Hydrohammer is a state-of-the-art hydraulic system BJ uses to drive conductors and pipe into the earth to create foundations for new oil or gas wells. Since it is designed for driving piles in both offshore and underwater environments, the S-150 Hydrohammer also can be used to construct offshore structures, install subsurface caissons and drive piles for PLEM installations, FPSO moorings and other subsea construction works.

BJ's competitive advantage lies within the outstanding quality of its system and its experienced team to operate it. The Hydrohammer delivers precise, concentrated blows, driving piles deeper and faster than any other method. This results in an extremely efficient operation, saving the customer time and money without compromising safety. The Hydrohammer is equipped with an automatic shut-down system down should a pile penetrate ahead of the hammer, if blow energy is set too high, or if the system is positioned incorrectly. The Hydrohammer is one single unit with no external moving parts. The enclosed hydraulic circuit eliminates spillage.

BJ Tubular Services operates Hydrohammer units from the S-60 through to the S-280 in what is believed to be the largest fleet of such machines in the world. BJ Hydrohammer units are strategically located throughout the world for rapid response to client requirements.

"With our efforts to expand BJ hammer services worldwide, we are extremely pleased to be delivering hammer conductor driving services in New Zealand for OMV," said Doug Bell, hammer services manager for BJ Tubular Services. "I attribute our success in New Zealand to the effectiveness and safety of the services delivered by our Hydrohammer fleet, and to the experience and the commitment of our hammer services personnel," he added.