PARIS – TechDof Brasil AS has taken delivery of the pipelay support vessel Skandi Açu.
The vessel has been approved for hire by Petrobras and has started its eight-year contract.
The vessel is designed to achieve a 650-ton laying tension capacity, thus enabling the installation of large diameter flexible pipes in ultra-deepwater environments, such as the Brazilian presalt.
The vessel was built by VARD in Romania and Norway, and the main pipelaying equipment by Huisman in Czech Republic and in the Netherlands. The Skandi Açu has gone through complete sea-trials and acceptance tests by Petrobras.
The long-term financing of the vessel is arranged by Société Générale, GIEK, and Eksportkreditt.
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