McDermott Awarded EPC Contract for Largest Hydrogen Cryogenic Sphere Ever Built for NASA

- McDermott to engineer, fabricate and construct one double wall liquid hydrogen sphere for NASA
- Sphere is part of an upgrade to launch complex 39-B at John F. Kennedy Space Center
- Contract continues McDermott's CB&I Storage Tank Solutions and Company's extensive history working at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral

HOUSTON, Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) announced today it was awarded a sizeable* contract by Precision Mechanical, Inc. for a double wall liquid hydrogen sphere at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The scope of the contract includes the engineering, procurement and construction of the sphere, which will be the largest ever built for NASA.

"McDermott's CB&I Storage Tank Solutions has more than a century of experience delivering innovative and complex storage solutions," said Richard Heo, McDermott's Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America. "This liquid hydrogen sphere will be utilized for NASA's new Space Launch System/Orion program – a space frontier program focused on missions to Mars."

Using its proprietary Hortonsphere® pressure sphere vessel design, McDermott will engineer, procure, fabricate and construct a 1,400,000-gallon cryogenic double wall sphere. The outer sphere has a diameter of 83 feet and an internal sphere of 71.6 feet – making the new sphere 50 percent larger than any sphere that has supported NASA's space shuttle program over the last 30 years. Additionally, the EPC project scope includes insulation (glass microspheres), internal heat exchanger, as well as painting, cleaning and testing.

Once completed, the sphere will arm NASA with the largest cryosphere constructed to date with the combined site capabilities to store and process over two million usable gallons of liquid hydrogen for launch support.

The contract has been reflected in McDermott's fourth quarter 2018 backlog.

McDermott defines a sizeable contract between USD $1 million and USD $50 million.

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McDermott is a premier, fully integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry. For more than a century, customers have trusted McDermott to design and build end-to-end infrastructure and technology solutions to transport and transform oil and gas into the products the world needs today. Our proprietary technologies, integrated expertise and comprehensive solutions deliver certainty, innovation and added value to energy projects around the world. Customers rely on McDermott to deliver certainty to the most complex projects, from concept to commissioning. It is called the "One McDermott Way." Operating in over 54 countries, McDermott's locally focused and globally-integrated resources include approximately 32,000 employees, a diversified fleet of specialty marine construction vessels and fabrication facilities around the world. As used in this press release, McDermott includes McDermott International, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. To learn more, visit

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