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Subsea7 - News - November 15, 2004

Major Award Offshore Angola for Subsea 7

International underwater contractor, Subsea 7 today announced it has been awarded one of the largest contracts available offshore West Africa by Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited, an affiliate of ChevronTexaco Corporation. The EPIC (Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Commissioning) work scope, with a value of about US $270 million, is for the development of the Lobito and Tomboco fields, in Block 14 , offshore the Province of Cabinda in Angola and will be undertaken by two separate companies affiliated with Subsea 7.

The project is to tie-back three subsea well centers which are located approximately 10 km from the Benguela-Belize Compliant Production Tower. Subsea 7 will fabricate and install steel pipelines, flowline jumpers, connectors and umbilicals as well as install operator supplied equipment such as manifolds and distribution units. The Lobito and Tomboco fields are in water depths of between 400 and 600 metres.

For the offshore execution, Subsea 7 will use its multi purpose pipelay vessel Skandi Navica along with a support vessel from its fleet. The project work is expected to be performed in 2006. Engineering and project support will be undertaken from Subsea 7’s Houston office.

The steel flowlines are being fabricated in Angola, at a new spool base in Luanda. For the fabrication of these pipelines, and for many other services to the project, Subsea 7 will engage a range of local Angolan contractors. As such, Subsea 7 will ensure a high local Angolan content.

David Cassie, Subsea 7’s Senior Vice President - Global Business Acquisition said, “As Angola is one of the biggest subsea markets in the world, establishing ourselves there has been one of our prime strategic objectives. This award allows us to achieve this objective and develop a true local presence. We are also extremely pleased to extend the good relationship we have enjoyed with ChevronTexaco in other parts of the world into this arena.”

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For more information, contact:

Pat Stephen on +44 1224 344508 or +44 7712 427608

Lyndsay Cruickshank on +44 1224 344606

Notes to editors

1. Subsea 7 is one of the world’s leading subsea engineering contractors. The company has offshore operations supported out of the UK, Norway, Middle East, West Africa, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, United States and the Caspian and employs 3000 world-wide. Subsea 7 has a fleet of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), four pipeline construction yards and 15 modern, high specification dynamically positioned ships capable of deepwater reeled and flexible pipelay, deepwater subsea construction and saturation diving. Website: www.subsea7.com

2. ChevronTexaco’s Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC) is the largest producer in Angola and the first to produce in the deepwater. CABGOC is operator of two concessions, Block 0 and Block 14, off the coast of Cabinda. Block 0 is a 2,100-square-mile concession adjacent to the Cabinda coastline in which CABGOC has 39.2 percent interest. Block 14, in which CABGOC has a 31 percent interest, is a 1,560-square-mile deepwater concession located west of Block 0.

3. Today, ChevronTexaco ranks as Angola’s largest petroleum producer, with a combined, operated output of approximately 600,000 barrels of oil a day.

4. On November 25, 2002, ChevronTexaco announced it would partner with the Government of Angola, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme for the formation of two public-private partnerships as part of a $50 million overall initiative to support education, training, and small business development in Angola. The MOU's provide the framework for the partnerships that have the common goal of promoting sustainable economic and social growth in Angola. Website: www.chevrontexaco.com



 


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