The subsea construction vessel Amazon which will be used to lay super-deep pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. The subsea construction vessel Amazon.

Offshore staff

Pensacola Shell has awarded McDermott a subsea contract f0r the deepwater Whale field development in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The company will engineer, procure, construct, install, and commission 30 mi (50 km) of pipelines and about 9 mi (15 km) of umbilicals to connect five drill centers to a new semisubmersible production platform. The project starts now, and is expected to be completed in 2024.

Engineering, procurement, and project management services will be led by the company’s team. McDermott’s subsea construction vessel North Ocean 102 will install the umbilicals, and the upgraded Amazon will transport and install the rigid pipelines.

“This contract, which will take place in a water depth of more than 9,000 ft [2,743 m], is a massive opportunity to demonstrate how the Amazon, with its industry-leading pipelay capabilities, is redefining what is possible within ultra-deepwater construction.”

Shell Offshore Inc. operates and holds 60% interest in the Whale field. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. holds 40% interest.