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Texaco Press Release - Captain Jacket Sails Away to the North Sea


LONDON, 12 May - The offshore phase of the Captain Expansion Project began with the sailaway of the 4,000 tonne steel jacket from Kvaerner's yard in Methil, Fife to the Texaco-operated Captain field in the UK North Sea.

The jacket, a four-legged vertical steel tower, travelled on board a Hereema-owned flat top barge to the Captain field, where it was installed by Hereema's heavy lift crane vessel, Thialf, today.

Commenting on the sailaway of the jacket, John McDonald, Texaco's North Sea Managing Director, said, "The approaching completion of the construction phase is a milestone for the Captain Expansion Project. It is also a testament to the commitment, skill and exemplary safety performance of all those working to complete these new structures within a challenging 15-month schedule."

Construction of the Captain Expansion Project began in February 1999 and represents the second phase of planned development in the field. The jacket will be anchored to the sea floor by four 1,600 tonne piles and serves as the base of the Bridged-Linked Platform (BLP). The new BLP will be linked to a subsea-drilling and production centre in the eastern part of the field (Area B), by a suite of pipelines and will contain initial crude oil and gas processing facilities.

In addition to the jacket, other Captain Expansion Project facilities include a 5,500 tonne topsides deck and a 75 metre bridge, linking the BLP to the Wellhead Protector Platform (WPP) which produces oil from Captain Area A. Kvaerner Oil & Gas Ltd have constructed these facilities.

Discovered in 1977, the Captain field is located in block 13/22a, 90 miles northeast of Aberdeen. Drilling from the eastern part of the field (Area B) is expected to start in August with first oil scheduled for December 2000. Completion of the Expansion Project will bring production from the field to an average of 85,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) with a peak processing capacity of 100,000 bopd.

Equity ownership of the field is Texaco North Sea UK Company (85 percent) and the Korea Captain Company Limited (15 percent).

Updated: May 2000