BP has selected Nexans to supply umbilicals for the second stage development of the Mad Dog offshore field in the Gulf of Mexico. The Mad Dog 2 project is a deepwater oil and gas production development located in the Southern Green Canyon area of Gulf of Mexico, approximately 320 km (200 mi) south of New Orleans, LA. BP discovered Mad Dog field in 1998 and it is still one of the largest discoveries in the region.
Nexans static and dynamic umbilicals and accessories will be installed in depths of over 2,000 m (meters). Within a five-year frame agreement, BP has ordered Nexans’ static and dynamic umbilicals and accessories that will be deployed in water depths from approximately 1,280 m to 2,160 m (4,200 ft to 7,100 ft) to connect the field to the Floating Production Unit (FPU). The scope of work includes three different umbilical designs integrating hydraulic, data and fiber optic services.
The electrical and fiber optic elements will be manufactured at Nexans Norway plant in Rognan, Norway and the umbilicals will be developed, manufactured and tested at Nexans Norway specialized plant in Halden, Norway.
The U.S. is expected to account for up to 80% of the increase in global oil supply by 2025. This growth is driving the development of new fields far offshore in ever greater water depths.
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