October 2012

Drilling advances

Though it may not carry the panache of a fresh-out-of-the-yard drillship, the developers of a newly minted, shallow-water buoyant tower on location off Peru believe their unique brainchild fills a sorely needed niche in the offshore sector. The one-of-a-kind creation of a 50/50 joint venture between engineering and project management concern GMC, Horton Shallow Water Development and Horton Wison Deepwater, the multi-faceted CX-15 fixed-depth, shallow-water buoyant tower was installed late September on BPZ Energy’s Corvina field. Located in 175 ft of water, the newly engineered drilling and production tower will be connected later this year via subsea pipelines to the existing BPZ CX-11 platform, one mile away in Peruvian offshore block Z-1.

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