Monday, August 14 2000
The draft EIS considered a generic FPSO system and operation, as well as a range of technical variations. The "base case" evaluated is a permanently moored, double-hulled, ship-shaped FPSO that can store up to 1 million barrels of crude oil. The seafloor well equipment and onboard production equipment are the same kind used with other deepwater production facilities. The crude is offloaded to shuttle tankers for transport to Louisiana and Texas ports or to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP). Associated or produced gas is piped ashore.
Several alternatives, including a No Action alternative, were also studied in this programmatic EIS that examines fundamental issues associated with industry's proposed use of FPSO's in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico OCS planning areas. The approach is generic and not site specific. It does not study or approve any specific site; specific-site proposals would have to undergo review by MMS and the Coast Guard, as well as the affected States for consistency with their Coastal Zone management plans, and would require permits from the Environmental Protection Agency.
This newly released draft EIS, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, is released for review by appropriate State officials, the general public, industry, and various organizations. Minerals Management Service is opening an official comment period from now until October 10, 2000, for receiving comments from the general public and all interested parties. The MMS will consider all comments in drafting the final environmental impact statement and in making a decision on permitting the use of FPSO's in the Gulf of Mexico.
Copies of this draft environmental impact statement are available at no charge from the Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Public Information Office, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70123, telephone 504-736-2519. Copies can also be inspected at principal libraries along the Gulf Coast and in a number of inland cities.
Hearings will be held at the following
LOUISIANA, NEW ORLEANS on Tuesday, September
19, 2000; 6-8 p.m.
LAKE CHARLES on Thursday, September 21,
2000; 6-8 p.m.
TEXAS HOUSTON on Wednesday, September 20,
2000; 6-8 p.m.
Talisman Energy (UK) Limited has given Aker Maritime's UK yard Aker McNulty an extensive contract for the development of the Blake field and the tie-in of this to Bluewater Bleo Holm floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. T
The contract is worth around $22.5 million to $30 million and includes engineering, hook-up, installation and commissioning. Aker McNulty will fabricate and install a new water injection module, a produced water/cooling medium module, a new compression package, as well as upgrade the existing process separators and perform other modifications to the Bleo Holm. The Newcastle yard will be assisted by its sister company Aker Oil & Gas Technology in Aberdeen to carry out the detailed engineering design.
The Bleo Holm production, offloading and storage ship will be temporarily demobilized from the Ross Offshore Oilfield during 2001 and brought to Aker McNulty's South Shields facility for the modifications. The total installation of new equipment and materials is approximately 1,200 metric tonnes and the water injection capacity will be doubled.
It is anticipated that the Bleo Holm will
re-commence production on Ross and commence production on Blake
within 120 days after demobilization.
The 105 m long, 20 m beam vessels each have a 6,000 tonne cable carrying capacity.
MÆRSK RECORDER will be delivered to A.P. Møller in September 2000, MÆRSK REPEATER in October 2000, MÆRSK RESPONDER in November 2000 and MÆRSK RELIANCE in January 2001.
On delivery all four vessels will enter
long-term contracts with Global Marine Systems Limited for world-wide
installation and maintenance of subsea fiberoptic cables.
MARAD names Associate Administrator for
As Associate Administrator for Shipbuilding, McKeever will be responsible for overseeing MARAD's naval architecture, marine engineering, production costs, productivity improvement, financing guarantees and tax deferral ship financing funds services.
"Jean McKeever is the right person for an important job," Graykowski said. "Her experience, expertise and business acumen will help us build on the progress made in recent years, while we continue to streamline and improve our service to America's vital shipbuilding and related maritime industries."
McKeever has served 25 years in various financial and analytical positions, most recently as the deputy director of the agency's Office of Ship Financing. She began her career in MARAD's Office of Subsidy Contracts and later served as branch chief of two financial divisions--Subsidy and Capital Assets Management.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and an M.B.A. from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md.