Anadarko taps Technip for Lucius in the ultra-deepwaters of the US Gulf

By Phaedra Friend Troy

US independent Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) has given Technip a Letter of Intent for the engineering, construction and transport of the 23,000-ton truss spar hull on the Lucius development in the ultra-deepwaters of the US Gulf of Mexico.

The Lucius spar will be capable of processing more than 80,000 barrels of oil a day and 450 million cubic feet of natural gas a day.

To be located in waters measuring 7,100 feet deep, the Lucius development is scheduled to be sanctioned in December 2011.

The LOI allows Technip to begin preliminary work on the project, including purchasing long lead time items for the hull. Technip's center in Houston will provide project management, and the hull design and construction will be carried out at Technip's fabrication yard in Pori, Finland.

Discovered in 2009, the Lucius oil and gas field spans Keathley Canyon Blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919. The development will also serve as a hub to the nearby Hadrian South field.

Following a unitization agreement signed in July 2011, Anadarko is the operator of Lucius with 35 percent. Project partners include Plains E&P with 23.3 percent, ExxonMobil with 15 percent, Apache with 11.7 percent, Petrobras with 9.6 percent and Eni with 5.4 percent.

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