The Saipem 7000, one of the largest crane vessels in the world, set a new local heavy lift record of 11,100t for the Gulf of Mexico. The previous local record had been set in 2007, again by the Saipem 7000 and again in the Gulf of Mexico, during installation of a 10,473t super-structure supporting the production facilities on the PB-KU-A2 platform.
The new record concerns the installation of a gas compression module for the CA-KU-A1 platform in the Ku Maloob Zaap oil field located offshore Campeche Bay in Mexico. This will allow for a significant production increase in the Mexican oil field.
During installation works, the Saipem 7000 played host to the Managing Director and senior management of PEMEX as well as to top executives from Dragados Offshore, whose local branch built both the PB-KU-A2 and CA-KU-A1 platforms, setting the two heavy lift records in the Gulf of Mexico along with Saipem.