Technip has won a contract from Shell to lay the world’s deepest gas pipeline in the US Gulf of Mexico. The pipeline is part of the sub-sea infrastructure for the Stones field in the Walker Ridge area of the Gulf, where the water is some 2,900 m deep.
Technip will be in charge of installation of the subsea gas production system and gas pipeline, including associated project management, engineering and stalk fabrication. The scheme will be overseen from Technip’s operating centre in Houston, Texas, US, with fabrication taking place it its facility in Mobile, Alabama, US. The offshore installation is expected to be performed in the second half of 2014 by the Deep Blue, Technip’s deepwater pipelay vessel.
David Dickson, Technip’s senior vice president for the North America region, said, “With greater depths come greater challenges for our clients and we are delighted to help Shell push back subsea frontiers by laying the deepest gas pipeline worldwide. With the award of this high-profile project, Technip confirms its subsea leadership and keeps differentiating itself through innovation to remain at the forefront of frontier projects.”