Vallourec has recently secured important orders from LLOG Exploration Offshore, one of the U.S.’s largest privately-owned exploration and production companies, for the supply of 25,000 metric tons of line pipe for its upcoming landmark Salamanca deep-water development off the US coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Salamanca development is based on a Floating Production Unit (FPU) created from the refurbishment of a previously decommissioned production facility, with a projected capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil and 40 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Repurposing a decommissioned production unit greatly reduces both time and cost, with a 70% reduction in emissions compared to the construction of a new unit.
The scope of supply by Vallourec includes 170,000 feet of X70 heavy-wall pipe required for the in-field flowline and riser systems, as well as 365,000 feet of X65 pipes required for the oil export and gas export flowline and riser systems. The pipes will be produced at Vallourec’s state-of-the-art Jeceaba PQF mill, with riser pipes subject to fatigue loading undergoing pipe-end laser measurement and machining at Vallourec’s end-truing facility in Barreiro. Both facilities are located in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Philippe Guillemot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vallourec, commented: “These important orders mark the strengthening of Vallourec's position in the strategic Gulf of Mexico market and demonstrate the competitiveness of our Brazilian base. I wish to express my thanks to LLOG Exploration Offshore for placing its confidence in Vallourec to support it in this landmark development, as well as our own teams for their engagement in this project.”