Last Thursday McDermott International, Inc. started the construction of Abkatun-A2, the largest McDermott project for PEMEX regarding size and financial investment. Abkatun-A2 will replace the platform Abkatun-A, which was damaged in April 2015 during a fire and will be installed in Campeche at a 124 ft. depth. In a press release, McDermott stated this project will allow boosting the capacity of existing infrastructure in the fields of Abkatun-Pol-Chuc, Ku-Maloob-Zaap, Cantarell and Ayatsil. The construction of the platform represents a US$454 million investment and is expected to provide around 2,000 jobs in the region.
At the same event, McDermott also started the loading process of Ayatsil-C, representing the successful end of the construction of the offshore jacket. Scott Munro, Vice-president of Americas, Europe and Africa (AEA) at McDermott International Inc. stated, “We concluded the manufacturing work of Ayatsil-C jacket with an outstanding security record.” Ayatsil-C is expected to sail out to the Gulf of Mexico on October 9th, fitting the expected schedule and without lost-time incidents. The jacket will boost the Ayatsil- Tekel field’s production with 5,000 additional barrels per day.
Both projects were built at McDermott’s Patio de Fabricación Altamira, which is the first construction yard certified as a free-trade zone in Mexico. The yard’s privileged position in Altamira will allow it to provide manufacturing services to the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and America. McDermott stated they have the capacity to build semi-submergible infrastructure to attend the growing deep-water segment in the oil & gas industry.