China Shipyard Launches Liftboat, Contracts for Dive Support Vessel
Mekers Offshore, a Zhejiang-based company, launched its first in a series of liftboats at Shanghai Bestway Dajin Heavy Industries yard in Jiangsu, China. Aqualis Offshore, an Oslo-based company, was contracted by Mekers Offshore to supervise the construction of two new liftboats, each valued at USD 58 million. Mekers and Shanghai Bestway are majority-owned by the same controlling shareholder.
The self-elevating liftboat is a four-legged, DP2, self-propelled vessel with a working depth of 70 m. It can house up to 250 people and is suitable for workover and well intervention with a large open deck area capable of carrying equipment and supplies for offshore exploration, production, and support activities. The unit is capable of rapid deployment to provide a stable platform in its elevated position for maintenance and construction work.
The first liftboat is expected to be delivered in Q1 2017 with the second unit to follow later the same year.
Wärtsilä signed a contract in January with Shanghai Bestway Marine Engineering Design Co. to design a new type of deepwater dive support vessel (DSV). The ship is to be built for China state-owned Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB), a salvage company in China.
The Wärtsilä design includes deepwater (6000 m) salvage operations, deepwater pipe laying and construction work, and saturation (SAT) diving operations for 24 divers using two diving bells. SAT diving is a technique that allows divers to reduce the risk of decompression sickness when working at great depths for extended periods of time. All the design features are based on a single platform operating with DP3. When built, this will be the world's first SAT diving support vessel with multilay and ultradeepwater construction capabilities, Wärtsilä said.
ExxonMobil Eyes Sale of Malaysian Offshore Assets
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Qatar Petroleum Takes Over Pair of Offshore Fields from Oxy
As Oxy looks to divest billions in assets and focus more on its prime US shale fields, it sheds itself of the ISND and ISSD fields off the eastern coast of Doha. In announcing the lease loss last year, Oxy said the fields need significant infrastructural investment.
Production Starts From Johan Sverdrup
Phase 1 of the North Sea megaproject—Norway’s largest offshore development since the 1980s—has come on stream. Johan Sverdrup is expected to produce 660,000 BOPD at its peak.
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