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December 5, 2000

CSO wins its biggest ever subsea contract
Coflexip Stena Offshore announced yesterday that Flexibrás, one of its Brazilian entities, and Coflexip have been awarded Petrobras's Roncador EPCI contract (locally called “Bidão”). It covers the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of approximately 566 km of flexible risers, flowlines and umbilicals, to tie-back 21 satellite subsea wells of the field to the P-36 platform.

The Roncador field is located in the Campos Basin, approximately 125km off the Rio de Janeiro coast in Brazil, at 1,400-1,900 m (4,600-6,200 ft) water depth. It is the deepest development in the world to date.

The scope of the contract comprises project management, engineering, supply and installation of approximately 374 km of flexible risers and flowlines as well as nearly 19 2km of umbilicals to connect 21 subsea wells and a gas lift manifold to the P-36 semi-submersible platform located in 1,360m (4,500ft) water depth.

Production began last May withfive wells producing to date. It will progressively increase until full completion of the 21 wells in 2003. With its 180,000 barrel per day production capacity, P-36 is currently the largest production platform in the world.

The contract is expected to be completed approximately 30 months from contract award, with installation in three different campaigns concluding at the end of the first quarter of 2003.

Flexible lines will be manufactured by CSO’s plants in Vitória, Brazil, and Le Trait, France. Until the third quarter of 2001, CSO units will engineer, manufacture and supply the 111 km of flexible risers and flowlines requested for the first installation campaign that will take place in second and third quarters of 2001.

The scope for the remaining phases will be confirmed in mid-2001 and early 2002. It will reflect the requirements of the phased development of the field and ongoing reservoir appraisal.

CSO’s vessel, the Sunrise 2000, which has been under long-term charter to PETROBRAS since March 1995, will perform the offshore installation in the three campaigns which will take place over a 24-month period starting in the second quarter of 2001. A vessel upgrade performed in 1999 in Brazil will enable it to perform pipe installations at 2,000 m water depth, and this contract will make full use of the vessel’s enhanced capabilities.

After completion of this contract, the Roncador field will be operated through 26 wells. Coflexip Stena Offshore has already supplied and installed the production lines on two of the other five wells on Roncador in April and June 2000, when the Sunrise 2000 set the new world depth records for flexible pipe in 1,840 m (6,036 ft) and 1,883 m (6,178 ft) respectively.

Tom Ehret, chief operating officer of the Coflexip Stena Offshore Group, added: “This total flexible pipe solution for the development of a strategic deepwater field offshore Brazil is a strong signal that flexible pipe technology, based on 30 years of R&D and deep water track records, is a cost effective way to develop prolific deep water fields. This award comes at a time when other major companies are considering their various development options for their deepwater fields. We want them to know that they, as PETROBRAS did, can count on Coflexip Stena Offshore’s depth of experience and range of cost-effective technologies, and on our commitment to achieve their goals on time and on budget.”

Comsat Mobile offers direct internet access
Comsat Mobile Communications, a unit of Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications, today announced the commercial launch of Direct Internet Access service for mobile satellite users.

Direct Internet Access offers customers access to a range of Internet-related applications including e-mailing, web browsing and exchanging data files. Comsat Mobile recently completed a rigorous testing of the new service with representatives from ship management, energy exploration and government markets. The customers taking part in these tests are said to have expressed complete satisfaction with both CMC’s service quality and reliability.

Comsat’s Direct Internet Access eliminates the need for mobile satellite users to access the Internet through an Internet Service Provider. Customers connect directly to the Internet and their e-mail providers. Direct Internet Access will be free to Comsat customers using Comsat-A, B, M, Mini-M and Comsat Mobile ISDN services. Customers will pay only for the satellite airtime, which will be billed according to their service and rate plan. Additionally, there are no monthly subscription fees or start-up costs for customers to use Direct Internet Access.

CMC’s high-speed connection to the Internet is designed to save time and reduce the costs associated with long log-on periods. Also, Direct Internet Access does not require customized software and users are not be subjected to downloads of unsolicited, time-consuming and costly promotional advertising.

The new service enables CMC customers to seamlessly and quickly access the Internet simply by dialing 28# using Microsoft’s Dial-Up Networking client, available in all versions of Windows 95/98.

“Direct Internet Access is our newest mobile satellite data service and the first in a series of new services we are introducing throughout the coming months,” said Kathryn Y. Holman, vice president and general manager of COMSAT Mobile Communications. “Innovative new services and promotions are part of our strategy to give our customers the advantage of mobile communication solutions that are simple and cost-efficient to use.”

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