DARLINGTON, UK – Technip has contracted DeepOcean UK for trenching services on the Stella field development in the UK central North Sea.
Scope includes project management, engineering, and associated trenching and backfilling works for the infield flexible flowlines and umbilicals. Additionally, DeepOcean will provide post-lay trenching and backfilling for the rigid export pipelines.
The construction spread will include the company’s AMP 500 plough & BFP backfill plough. Installation is expected to be performed this summer from the Maersk Assister. Ithaca Energy operates Stella in block 30/6a.
Offshore Mexico, DeepOcean has secured a 20-month extension of its contract for the Atlantic Challenger from Constructora Subacuatica Diavaz through end-2014. The original contract was awarded in 2011, although the vessel had been operating in Mexican waters for several years under previous contracts with Diavaz. It provides topside and subsea construction support, inspection, maintenance, and repair work for PEMEX.
Finally, DeepOcean B.V. has agreed to a five-year charter of the newbuild subsea support vessel MV Deep Helder with SeaMar Subsea. It will work on survey, inspection, maintenance and repair and trenching projects.
The 65-m (213-ft) long DP-2 class vessel is designed for low fuel consumption, clean ship/green passport/SPS2008 and high comfort class notation (Comf1). It will be equipped with an offshore crane, survey and ROV systems, with accommodation for 52 personnel.
The vessel, due to be delivered in June 2014, will be built by De Hoop Lobith at the Foxhol Yard in Groningen in the northern Netherlands. SeaMar will provide ship management and marine crewing.