NICOR And Sonat Subsea Form Gulf Joint Venture

—Literature Available NICOR Marine Inc. and Sonat Subsea Services Inc. recently announced that they have entered into a cooperative agreement to offer underwater services in the Gulf of Mexico. A NICOR Marine vessel has been modified to accommodate Sonat Subsea saturation diving and remotely operated vehicle equipment and personnel.

NICOR Marine and S & H Diving Corporation, the U.S. operating division of Sonat Subsea Services, will provide these sophisticated diving services via the 216-foot diesel-electric- powered M/V Acadian Seafarer, renamed M/V NICOR Subsea.

The M/V NICOR Subsea will be available this month for work in the Gulf of Mexico following extensive retrofitting, to include: addition of a moonpool; stern roller; four point mooring system capable of 1,000- foot water depths, 12-man saturation diving system; quarters for 39 crew members; and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capability.

NICOR Marine, a subsidiary of NICOR Inc., is hedquartered in New Orleans, La., and provides offshore rig support, vessel chartering, ocean towing, seismic research assistance and other offshore services.

It currently operates 37 vessels. NICOR Inc., based in Naperville, 111., is a diversified energy company with assets over $2.4 billion.

Sonat Subsea Services, a subsidiary of Sonat Inc., provides high technology underwater services to the offshore energy industry. Sonat Inc., headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., is a company engaged in finding and producing oil and natural gas; field services associated with oil and gas operations; and transportation of energy products.

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