McDermott Scoops Shell’s Great White Frio Subsea Prize

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McDermott said it has been awarded a sizeable ($1-$50 million) contract from Shell for new subsea umbilical and flowline installation at the Great White Frio development in Alaminos Canyon Block 857 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

McDermott’s scope of work includes project management and engineering; installation of a flexible flowline from the well to a pipeline end termination; installation of one 2,000-foot-long steel flying lead; and installation of two electrical flying leads (EFLs) in a water depth of 8,000 feet.

Project management and engineering are scheduled to be performed in Houston, Texas, with offshore installation by McDermott targeted for completion in mid-2019.

“This award demonstrates McDermott’s commitment to helping Shell safely and competitively deliver Great White – their next-generation deep-water energy project,” said Richard Heo, McDermott’s senior vice president for North, Central and South America. “McDermott’s proven track record of project execution in the Gulf of Mexico with Shell, combined with our industry-leading subsea capabilities and integrated business model, will help drive efficiency while maintaining our uncompromising commitment to safety and quality.”

The Great White development, which is operated by Shell, is a pioneer deep-water oil and gas project that has unlocked a new frontier of energy development in the Gulf of Mexico’s Lower Tertiary Paleogene.

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