McDermott completes installation of first jacket on Aramco project

The Safaniya 264 jacket has been installed in the Safaniya offshore oilfield, located 200km north of Dhahran in the Gulf's waters, by McDermott's Derrick Barge 32 vessel

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McDermott International has announced completing the load-out and installation of the first jacket fully fabricated by the company at its 10-months-old fabrication yard in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

The Safaniya 264 Jacket is part of McDermott’s Long Term Agreement II (LTA II) scope of work with Saudi oil giant Aramco, the EPC contractor has stated in a press release received by

The jacket has been installed in the Safaniya offshore oilfield, located 200km north of Dhahran in the Gulf’s waters, by McDermott’s Derrick Barge 32 vessel.

The current scope of work being done at the Dammam yard covers four jackets, eight bridges and more than 70 subsea pipeline spools, as well as onshore support work.

“The load-out of the first jacket from our Dammam fabrication facility marks another milestone in McDermott’s long term commitment to Saudi Arabia and their Vision 2030,” Linh Austin, McDermott’s vice president for the Middle East and Caspian.

“Not only have we delivered our first jacket from our new facility, we’ve done it to Saudi Aramco’s schedule; all with no lost time incidents (LTI),” Austin was quoted as saying.

The Dammam facility was opened in 2016 to support McDermott’s growing Middle East operations and expand the company’s regional capacity, from its current base in Dubai’s JAFZA.

Since inauguration in August 2016, the yard has completed more than 600,000 man-hours without a LTI, further contributing to the 50 million man-hours LTI-free McDermott recently achieved across the Middle East region.

McDermott’s had signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Aramco for a long-term land lease at the new maritime facility at Ras Al Khair in Saudi Arabia, currently being developed by the Saudi energy behemoth.

In 2015, McDermott won a lump sum contract from Saudi Aramco for brownfield work, which was the largest single award for McDermott’s Middle East Area operations in Company history.

More recently, McDermott was awarded an EPCI contract for four jackets and three gas observation platforms, the third fast-track project awarded to McDermott by Saudi Aramco in the past 18 months.


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