GSP forms Black Sea alliance with Amec, acquires pipelay vessel from Acergy

Offshore staff

CONSTANTA, Romania – Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) and AMEC have agreed to develop oil and gas exploration and production projects in the Black Sea area.

GSP operates a construction fleet that includes five mobile offshore drilling rigs, a modular drilling rig, 10 offshore support vessels of different types, a DP-3 pipelay barge, the largest heavy-lift crane barge in the Black Sea, a heavy-lift semisubmersible, and an offshore work and accommodation barge. It also owns and operates inspection class ROVs and a 300-m (984 ft) water depth saturation diving system.

GSP further strengthened its fleet this month by agreeing to buy the pipelay vessel Acergy Falcon from Subsea 7. The 153-m (502 ft) long, DNV-classed vessel is capable of installing rigid pipelines up to 14-in. (36 cm) diameter and also flexible flowlines and umbilicals. The vessel should be delivered in September, and will be renamed GSP Falcon.

The vessel sale moves forward the acquisition of Acergy by Subsea 7. The UK Office of Fair Trading said it considers the divestiture of the vessel to remove possible competition concerns that might have hindered the acquisition.

Among other developments, GSP was won a contract from NUMHYD to provide drilling services offshore Tunisia. And it has signed a five-year deal with Bibby Offshore to provide diving and tie-in services offshore northwest Europe

08/18/2011



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