(McDermott, 15.Nov.2018) — McDermott International, Inc. announced the details at an event hosted at their world-class fabrication yard in Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The event celebrates the sail away and another project milestone of the PEMEX Exploración y Producción PB-Abkatun-A2 oil and gas production platform. Representatives from PEMEX, government officials, including Governor of Tamulipas, Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, McDermott and regional news outlets participated in the event.
The PB-Abkatun-A2 platform is McDermott’s largest project in size and total value to date for PEMEX. The $454 million engineering, procurement, construction and installation and commissioning (EPCIC) project was awarded to the company in June 2016. McDermott’s scope of the work spanned from the basic engineering design to tie-in and commissioning of the jacket, deck, four tripod jackets, and four bridges about 100 meters each. Two tripods were designed to be used as part of the flare system while the other two tripods support the two bridges to interconnect PB-Abkatun-A2 with the existing PEMEX production complex. The giant three-level topside is the largest ever fabricated at McDermott’s world-class fabrication yard in Altamira.
“Abkatun is an impressive and substantial project for PEMEX and Mexico,” said Richard Heo, Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America. “Since the beginning, Abkatun has been on an aggressive project schedule. But our One McDermott Way operating model, leveraging the vertical integration of our in-house engineering resources and our world-class fabrication facility in Altamira, enabled us to bring efficiency and transparency to the project. The result is we are safely delivering Abkatun – our largest project to date, in size and total value, for PEMEX.”
Governor Garcia Cabeza De Vaca spoke at the event and said, “Congratulations to McDermott for this important achievement. You are making history. And we want you to keep building, but mainly writing a new history in the area of hydrocarbons in Tamaulipas and in our country. This is the first one of many more platforms to be built in Altamira. And this has not been possible without the ability, dedication and mainly the talent of each and every one of you.”
Installation of Abkatun is scheduled for November 2018 in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche utilizing McDermott’s Amazon, DB50 and Intermac 650 vessels. Commissioning will follow the installation of the 16,534 U.S. ton (15,000 metric ton) platform in 124 feet (38 meters) of water, which will provide replacement and expansion capabilities to the existing Abkatun Pol Chuc facilities. Following commissioning, this high-capacity production platform is rated to produce 220,000 barrels of oil per day and 150 million of standard cubic feet of gas per day for PEMEX.