J. Ray, Keppel Get a Leg Up on Papa Terra Project

J. Ray McDermott was awarded a project for the P-61 Tension Leg Wellhead Platform ("TLWP") for the Papa Terra Joint Venture, consisting of Petrobras and Chevron.

J. Ray's scope is part a larger project, comprising design, engineering, construction, transportation, installation, and a three-year limited operations contract, that was awarded to FloaTEC Singapore Pte, Ltd., a joint venture between Keppel FELS Ltd. and J. Ray. Almost all the work will be carried out through the combined resources of Keppel FELS, J. Ray and FloaTEC LLC, the US-based joint venture company that will perform global engineering and basic design work. The value of J. Ray's project will be included in McDermott's Offshore Oil and Gas Construction segment backlog during the first quarter of 2010.

"This project combines the proprietary technology, global engineering excellence, project management, construction resources and broad industry experience of three leading offshore specialists to provide the right deepwater solution for this challenging deepwater environment," said Stephen Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of J. Ray McDermott.

The TLWP will be constructed by Keppel FEL's BrasFELS yard in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. J. Ray will fabricate the tendons, temporary buoyancy modules and piles at J. Ray's Morgan City facility in Louisiana. The FloaTEC Singapore joint venture will supply risers, well systems and tendon components, and J. Ray will install the facility in the Papa Terra field using its Derrick Barge 50, a specialized deepwater construction vessel. J. Ray will also provide topsides engineering, and procurement services. The project is targeted for completion by mid-2013.

Editor's Note: According to Dow Jones Newswires, the contract awarded to Keppel and J.Ray's 50-50 joint venture is estimated at US $1 billion.