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Next Lunch Meeting: December 3, 1998

Petronius's Compliant Tower to Break World Record as tallest
free-standing structure

Constructed from more steel than it took to build the Eiffel Towerand taller than the Empire State Building, Texaco’s colossal compliant tower for its Petronius project is about to break another world record. When installed, it will the world's tallest "free-standing" structure, measuring 2,002 feet from the sea floor - or more than a third of a mile high. The twenty-one slot tower, which constitutes an investment of around $500 million, will be installed in 1,754 feet of water, in Viosca Knoll Block 786 to develop Petronius, a field of 80-100 MMBOE for Texaco, the operator, and Marathon, 50% co-owner. The tower was designed by McDermott in Houston and fabricated and installed by McDermott in Amelia, Louisiana.

The topsides, built in two modules, will be able to produce 60 MBOPD and 100 MMCFD, with a water injection capability of 72M BWPD. The topsides were designed by Linder/Nelson, and fabricated by Gulf Island in Houma, Louisiana.

On December 3, Lead Project Engineer for the Petronius project, Deborah Settoon, will discuss some of the rational that has gone into the design and fabrication of the deepwater tower. She will talk about some of the unique aspects of the project and the challenges development cycle time of less than three years from project sanctioning to first production.
Deborah will be illustrating her talk with a number of construction and installation photos.

About the Speaker
Deborah M. Settoon, P.E., Lead Project Engineer for the Petronius project, has worked in the oil and gas industry for 19 years. Her background includes a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. from Tulane's Freeman School of Business.. In her career at Texaco, she has worked in offshore facilities design and construction, deepwater metocean data collection, strategic planning and financial analysis. Since joining the Petronius team in 1997, she has served as the project controls engineer, overseeing scheduling and project budget forecasting, as well as internal controls. As the Lead Project Engineer, she is responsible for commercial and coordination activities for the Project Team.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 1998
Registration starts: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:45 a.m.
Presentation: 12:15 p.m. approximately
Ramada Inn
Katy Freeway at Silber

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