ABB to supply worlds first turnkey deepwater tension leg oil and gas platform

Floating production platform tethered at a depth of 972 meters for Amoco's Marlin development in the Gulf of Mexico

Zurich, Switzerland, January 30, 1997 - ABB, the international engineering company, has signed a turnkey agreement with Amoco Production Company, U.S.A., to build a Tension Leg Platform (TLP) for the Marlin field in the Viosca Knoll area of the Gulf of Mexico. This floating production platform will be tethered by tendons (tension legs) to the sea bed at a depth of 972 meters (3,240 feet). The total contract value is approximately US$ 300 million. Oil and gas production from the Marlin TLP is expected to come on stream in the second quarter of 1999. The TLP facilities will be designed to produce 250 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas and 40 thousand barrels of oil per day.

The contract is the first ever awarded to a single supplier to carry out all engineering, procurement, construction and installation of a TLP production facility and its associated pipelines. ABB will also supply the riser and tendon systems.

The ABB TLP project team developed the integrated design for this production facility within nine months. A key factor behind this success was ABB's project management experience and its expertise in designing and manufacturing tension leg platforms and subsystems.

ABB's oil, gas and petrochemical business activities employ approximately 8,000 people with orders in 1995 of nearly US$ 2 billion. The business focuses on the development and upgrading of oil and gas installations, refineries, and petrochemical and chemical installations worldwide. It is part of ABB's Industrial and Building Systems segment, which employs approximately 90,000 people worldwide with orders in 1995 of over US$ 16 billion. The ABB Group employs approximately 217,000 people with orders in 1995 of over US$ 36 billion.
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