Delmar Wins LLOG OPTI-EX Mooring Contract

Boat towing an oil rig in the ocean

Broussard, Louisiana-based mooring contractor Delmar Systems, Inc. was awarded an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract for the mooring and installation of the OPTI-EX floating production facility, which is slated to be installed in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico for LLOG Deepwater Development Company, LLC.

Delmar was selected from a host of competitive bidders for the project. The award includes project engineering for anchor/mooring system design, fabrication oversight, installation engineering, operation procedures, and installation services for the facility’s planned installation. Delmar will also assist LLOG and the facility designer/builder EXMAR in certification verification authority (CVA) review and regulatory approval for the mooring system.

In addition, Delmar will procure, marshal, and store the twelve leg suction anchor, chain, polyester, chain mooring system at Delmar’s state-of-the-art 11-acre Fourchon dockside facility. The mooring legs will be connected to the pre-installed suction anchors using Delmar’s patented subsea mooring connector. The Delmar subsea connector allows the mooring line to be easily connected to each preset suction anchor using a conventional anchor handling vessel (AHV) as opposed to larger, more expensive construction vessels that are normally used for permanent installations.

“Delmar’s unique approach and ability to secure this work was inherently related to the use of AHVs already under contract to LLOG for MODU rig moving operations. By using existing contracted vessels, LLOG will minimize installation costs and maximize vessel utilization without the need to bring in construction type or other specialized vessels. LLOG can control installation windows and timing for mooring system installation, connection operations, and various subsea component installations, all using contracted AHVs. In today’s high-cost environment, making the best use of vessel tonnage and time is the best advantage we can offer a customer,” said Brady Como, Delmar’s Executive Vice President.

Delmar Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of offshore mooring-related services including engineering design, mooring analysis, project management, planning, operational installation and mooring equipment services, providing the safest and most efficient mooring services available to the offshore industry since 1968.