Chevron lets Tahiti Phase 2 contract

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 21 --
Chevron Corp. contracted Subsea 7 SA for the engineering and installation of the Tahiti Phase 2 development in about 4,000 ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico, about 190 miles south of New Orleans.

Subsea 7's workscope includes the installation of one 7.5-in. by 13,000 ft long flexible riser, one 4-in. by 4,500 ft long umbilical, five rigid well jumpers, 10 electrical flying leads, and seven steel flying leads.

It also will transport the flexible riser from Le Trait, France to the Gulf of Mexico and commence immediately the engineering work at its Houston office. Plans are to install the flexible riser and umbilical in third-quarter 2011 and tie in five wells through mid 2012.

For the installation work, Subsea 7 will use the Seven Oceans (pipelay) Skandi Neptune (construction/flexlay), and the Ross Candies (light construction/installation, maintenance, repair) vessels.

Chevron began production from the Tahiti spar in May 2009. The field lies in Green Canyon Blocks 596, 597, 640, and 641.

Chevron is the operator of Tahiti and holds a 58% interest. Its partners are Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC 25% and Total E&P USA Inc. 17%.

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