El Paso Energy Partners, L.P. and Cal Dive International, Inc. announced that they have signed a letter of intent to form a 50-50 venture to construct, install, and own a deepwater production hub platform and associated facilities primarily for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation's Marco Polo field discovery at Green Canyon 608 in the Gulf of Mexico. The companies anticipate that the facilities will be completed and online in 2004.
The production hub platform will be installed in 4,300 ft. of water and has been designed to process 100,000 barrels of oil per day and 250 million cubic ft. of natural gas per day. Anadarko will have rights to capacity of 50,000
barrels of oil per day and 150 million cubic ft. of gas per day. The remaining capacity will be marketed for additional Anadarko and other area
"This venture and the services it provides to Anadarko are another important step in El Paso Energy Partners' strategy to provide infrastructure for producers developing fields in the Deepwater Trend," said Robert G. Phillips,
chief executive officer of El Paso Energy Partners. "We built the Prince Tension Leg Platform to provide these services to our affiliate, El Paso Production Company, enabling them to concentrate their investment capital on
the discovery and development of additional offshore fields. As the discovery and development of these sizable deepwater fields continues, we see tremendous growth opportunities in providing these services to both independent producers and major oil companies. Cal Dive's proven experience in deepwater construction projects, especially subsea tie-backs to platforms, coupled with their objective to exploit smaller Deepwater fields as a
producer, makes them the ideal partner to attract incremental tie-back production to the facility."
"El Paso Energy Partners and Cal Dive have long shared a vision to create a Deepwater hub facility in an area with significant surrounding reserve potential," said Owen Kratz, chairman and chief executive officer of Cal Dive. "We are delighted that this venture provides that opportunity while solidifying the relationship between our companies. Cal Dive is uniquely
positioned to bring to this venture deepwater construction expertise and an ability to take ownership interests in surrounding fields. This investment and our working interest in the Gunnison field mean that Cal Dive will
heavily involved in two very exciting Deepwater hub areas. This venture represents an expansion of our production contracting strategy as we seek to create value from facility ownership and potential field farm-ins, as well as from construction work associated with the Marco Polo production
facilities and surrounding developments."