McDermott Pla ns Study Of Fixed Platforms For 1,600-Foot Water Depths

McDermott Engineering is planning a study of fixed platforms for 1,600-foot water depths. The study will investigate the technical and financial viability of conventional platforms for environments like those found in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The study will provide decisionmaking data for economic evaluations of deepwater leases in the Gulf of Mexico," said Stephen A.

Will, manager of McDermott's Engineering Development Department.

"The results will also be applicable to waters around the world with similar characteristics." The jointly sponsored study is being pursued after a meeting in Houston to test industry interest in the project. It is still open to participation by interested members of the industry, who will share resulting critical data about deepwater concepts and costs of all phases of operations from design to fabrication, transportation and installation.

"McDermott recognizes that many of the sponsoring companies can make important contributions to the project," said Mr. Will. "Programs like this one also provide for sharing costs so individual investments will be at acceptable levels." McDermott has fabricated and installed four structures for waters of approximately 1,000-foot depths.

It has designed two of these platforms and has completed extensive engineering studies for fixed platforms in water depths up to 1,350 feet. These studies, funded entirely by McDermott, along with actual design and construction experience in deep water, will serve as the basis for pursuing the solutions necessary to move into even deeper waters.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 1984.

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