McDermott announces $230 million deal with Pemex

Houston-based McDermott International said Monday it had been awarded a $230 million contract to design and build a production platform for Mexico’s state-owned Pemex.

The contract covers engineering, procurement, construction and installation for the platform in the Gulf of Mexico’s Litoral Tabasco Tsimin-Xux fields, according to the company, which said the work will be included in its fourth-quarter 2012 backlog.

McDermott’s offices in Houston and Chennai, India expect to begin engineering work early this year, with fabrication planned for  the company’s plant in Altamira, Mexico. At the peak, more than 550 craft personnel are expected to be engaged on the project.

“This project reaffirms our Altamira, Mexico fabrication facility as a key player for both domestic and international offshore construction projects,” Steven W. Roll, vice president and general manager for McDermott’s Atlantic region, said in a statement. “Our investments in Altamira are beginning to show dividends as we continue to grow the facility.”

The project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2015.

McDermott said it will also provide training to Pemex personnel for operation and maintenance of the 8,300-ton platform once it is commissioned.

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Jeannie Kever joined the Houston Chronicle's energy team in September 2012. A native of West Texas, she has been at the Houston Chronicle since 1997, working in the features department for 10 years before moving to the city desk, where she reported on higher education, the 2010 Census and health care before moving to the business desk. She previously worked at the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, the San Antonio Light, the Longview (Washington) Daily News, the El Paso Times and the San Angelo Standard Times.