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Subsea 7 Increases Presence at OTC 2010

30 April 2010

Subsea 7 Inc, one of the world's leading subsea engineering and construction companies, will play a major role at this year's Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, delivering several technical papers at the conference and showcasing examples of its recent project successes, its capabilities in deepwater markets, its technological innovation and its project delivery and engineering excellence.

Subsea 7 will deliver three technical papers at OTC 2010:

Parque das Conchas (BC-10) Steel Lazy Wave Riser Installation: Pre-Abandonment, Recovery and Transfer Challengesby A. Benirschke and T. Sarkar of Subsea 7 and B. Thomas of Shell International E&P.

The paper will form part of the Advances in Deepwater Riser Technology session and will be presented at 14.44hrs on Monday 3rd May. Subsea 7's workscope on the BC-10 project involved the engineering, fabrication and installation of pipelines, risers and jumpers and installation of umbilicals and manifolds. The project included the fabrication and installation of the world's first lazy-wave steel catenary risers (SLWRs) – of which this technical paper is based.

Autonomous Vehicle Qualification Demonstrates Potential for a Game Change by J.A. Mair and J. Jamieson of Subsea 7 and I. Tena and J. Evans, of Seebyte.

The paper will be presented as part of the Deepwater Technology session on Thursday 6th May at 09:52hrs. It will focus on the development of work to-date on this revolutionary new tool for inspection and intervention work offshore. The paper will outline how the AIV concept can be applied in a number of life-of-field operational scenarios as a viable tool capable of making a positive contribution to the industry.

Deepwater Pipeline and Riser Installation by Reel-Lay Method by Dr S.N. Smith and A.J. Clough of Subsea 7

The paper will be presented as part of the Deepwater Technology session on Thursday 6th May at 10:14hrs. It will focus on one of the most advanced reeled pipeline installation vessels in the world, Subsea 7's ‘Seven Oceans' pipelay vessel, and the variety of pipelines and risers that it has installed including the welding and inspection of high fatigue life SCRs and sour-service flowlines. A model of the Seven Oceans vessel will also be on Subsea 7's OTC booth.

Further to the technical papers, John Mair, Subsea 7's Global Technology Manager will also deliver a presentation at the UK Trade and Industry luncheon ‘Deep Offshore Subsea – UK Subsea Excellence', in the Cantina in the Reliant centre on Monday 3rd May. His presentation is entitled ‘Investing in Subsea Technology to meet the Industry Needs of the Future'.

On the Subsea 7 booth this year will be models of some of its key technologies, including a revolutionary autonomous inspection vehicle (AIV), a deepwater pipeline repair system - used recently on the Girassol project in West Africa, and one on an electrically heat-traced flowline pipe-in-pipe solution. Case studies and displays relating to recently completed projects will include the BC-10 project – a technically complex and challenging installation project offshore Brazil which was successfully delivered by Subsea 7 last year.

Steve Wisely, Subsea 7's Executive Vice President – Commercial, commented:

“This year, Subsea 7's presence at OTC is bigger than ever before. Via the technical papers we will be presenting and the case studies, displays, models and animations on our booth, we hope to give visitors to the conference the opportunity to learn even more about our deepwater capabilities, our engineering expertise and global project delivery excellence.”