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NKK To Build Floating
Offshore Production Unit
For Norwegian Consortium
A Norwegian shipowners' consor- tium, K/S Petrojarl I A/S, has awarded Nippon Kokan (NKK) of
Japan a contract to build a deep- water, offshore oil production and testing system. "It will be the first floating production unit built to serve a variety of offshore applica- tions, in contrast with units com- missioned directly by offshore oper- ators for a specific field develop- ment," according to Minoru Ha- shimoto, president of NKK Ameri- ca Inc. of New York, the company's
U.S. subsidiary. "The unit can oper- ate in the early stages of a new field and provide immediate cash flow for the operator prior to the installation of a fixed facility," he added.
The contract stipulates comple- tion of the 695-foot-long production and testing system (PTS) at the beginning of 1986. Construction will take place at NKK's Tsurumi Ship- yard.
Capable of first-stage processing of up to 20,000 barrels per day through a riser pipe linking the sys- tem and the oil field, the PTS will operate at water depths between 330 and 2,130 feet. It will have a storage capacity of 160,000 barrels of oil, which will be transferred to onshore terminals at regular inter- vals by shuttle tankers. The unit
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Halter To Build Two Big
Triple-Screw Offshore Tugs
For Otto Candies, Inc.
Halter Marine president Jack
Edwards recently announced the signing of a contract with Otto Can- dies, Inc. of Des Allemands, La., to construct two 140-foot, triple-screw offshore anchor-handling tugs. Of an unconventional design, the out- board main engines will drive Niiga- ta Z-Pellers ZP-4 thrusters enclosed in nozzles, while the center-line en- gine will drive a conventional open propeller. Mr. Edwards said this new design utilizing azimuth-rotat- ing outboard propellers and stan- dard center wheel is a first in the
Gulf of Mexico area. Each tug will have a total of 5,850 bhp.
Van Houten To Head New
Marine Facilities Unit
Leonard Van Houton
Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &
Douglas of New York, one of the nation's oldest and largest consult- ing engineering firms, will enter its second century of existence with the formation of a new marine facilities division, Parsons Brinkerhoff Van
Houten, headed by Leonard Van
Houten. The new division will spearhead the firm's expansion and growth throughout the world in the area of ports for gas, oil, and bulk materials, as well as related marine and industrial facilities.
Mr. Vail nuuien s career spans 37 years and includes more than 70 major marine terminal projects throughout the world. Before join- ing Parsons in 1982, he had been a principal of two other engineering firms, including one he founded, and was executive in a major inter- national design and construction firm. Since joining Parsons, he has directed the firm's work on the de- velopment of the land level ship construction facility project at New- port News Shipbuilding, on Alaskan pipeline studies, on rehabilitation of the Port of Kismayo in Somalia, and other port and industrial projects.
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