Mexico's Oil and Gas Industry Offers Moor OpportunitiesWed, 01/20/2016 - 13:36
Q: Considering the opening of the upstream market, how important is Mexico in InterMoor’s current strategy?
A: Mexico is key in our strategy, especially given its proximity to our infrastructure in the US. We have a large manufacturing facility in Morgan City, Louisiana, which comprises two buildings atop 34 acres that specialize in the manufacture of suction piles and other subsea equipment. We also have a shore-based facility in Fourchon, Louisiana. We provide the engineering, and we procure, fabricate, and install the mooring systems, as well as the foundations. Much of our work is targeted to the deepwater market, so as far as the Mexican market is concerned, we are waiting for the development of these fields. We are currently operating in Mexico’s only deepwater field in conjunction with larger contractors working with PEMEX, fabricating two manifold piles that measure 19ft in diameter at a length of 65ft, and we will also include pile tops and grillage for the Lakach project. Additionally, we have designed and fabricated over 100 suction piles for the same project.
Q: What specific capabilities will allow InterMoor to be successful in the Mexican oil and gas market?
A: We are fairly cost-competitive due to our far-reaching expertise in establishing permanent and temporary mooring systems and foundation piles from anchor- handling vessels. Compared to the large construction vessels that are generally expensive, these anchor-handling vessels are more cost effective for clients. The strength of our company is the fact that we not only work in mooring systems and foundations, but also in subsea installation and decommissioning. In the Gulf, we decommissioned the Red Hawk spar in 2014. Our knowledge on installing mooring systems also provides us with the capability of uninstalling a facility, so this contributes to our unique value proposition.
Q: What advantages do you bring to your clients that can be applied to Mexico through the Moorvision software?
A: The Moorvision software was developed a few years ago, providing a Google Earth interface for operators and rig owners who want to moor their rigs. In the case of an extremely congested seafloor, like that in the Gulf of Mexico where there are pipelines, mud mats, manifolds, and other assets installed, this helps to ensure that operators can install rigs without damaging this existing infrastructure. This software maps the assets, based on the database provided by BSEE, the US regulator. As long as there is similar access to a database here in Mexico, it may be something we could apply and extend.