First Gulf of Mexico FSO Exports 500 Millionth Barrel of Oil

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February 14, 2005

The MODEC owned and operated FSO Ta'Kuntah offloaded its 500 millionth barrel of oil on January 1st, 2005. The FSO Ta'Kuntah was the first FSO installed in the Gulf of Mexico and continues to be one of the largest FSO's operating worldwide. Strategically located on the PEMEX Cantarell field, the FSO Ta'Kuntah achieved the 500 millionth barrel by offloading to 887 tankers in 6 years and 4 months. These operations have been carried out with no downtime and no incident of pollution.

The FSO Ta'Kuntah is designed to receive a throughput of 800,000 bopd and to perform both tandem and side-by-side offloadings, the only facility in the world designed to conduct this operation simultaneously.

The SOFEC® mooring system has also proven to be an impressive component of this facility. The fluid swivel has remained tight with no leakage and no maintenance required to date.

During this period, FSO Ta'Kuntah offloaded 25% of the ships exporting oil in the marine northeastern region and exported the same percentage of oil which emphasizes the strategic importance of the facility for this region.

"The high commercial demands naturally result in higher workload for maintenance and upkeep. Our offshore crew, with effective support from the site office in Ciudad del Carmen and the Houston Corporate office, has overcome this challenge while maintaining a most satisfactory HSE record," commented Shashank Karve, President and CEO, MODEC International, LLC.

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