Norwegian vessel owners have gained contracts and charters to support offshore oil and gas, renewables, subsea projects and seismic surveys in 2021
Solstad Offshore has secured a contract extension for its subsea construction support vessel Normand Cutter with Global Marine Group (GMG). This award is in direct continuation of a current charter Normand Cutter has with GMG. Under the latest agreement, the 2001-built, VS 4125-design vessel will work for GMG from March 2021 for a firm duration of 120 days. GMG has options to extend this contact by 80 days in 2021, and up to 200 days in 2022, exercisable by 1 August 2021.
Global Offshore, part of the Global Marine Group, will utilise Normand Cutter on its cable installation, trenching, maintenance, and repair projects within the renewable energy and oil and gas markets.
Global Offshore managing director Mike Daniel said Normand Cutter will be working with another Solstad vessel in the North Sea. “We have been utilising Normand Cutter alongside sister vessel Normand Clipper at the Danish Kriegers Flak offshore windfarm,” said Mr Daniel. “We are pleased to agree a contract with Solstad which enables us to continue utilising this versatile vessel on our upcoming 2021 projects.”
In another deal, Shearwater GeoServices Holding has gained a contract to implement a seismic survey over deepwater oil fields in Brazil for state-backed energy group Petrobras, using ocean bottom node technology for 4D surveys over super-giant and pre-salt oilfields in the Santos Basin, south of Rio de Janeiro.
During a nine-month campaign, Shearwater will apply subsea-based seismic surveying equipment over the Tupi and Iracema fields, starting in Q3 2021. These will be the largest ocean bottom node seismic surveys attempted offshore Brazil. They will be used to monitor hydrocarbon movement through the deepwater oilfields over time, since production started in the previous decade. The surveys will cover 2,882 km2, with ocean bottom nodes deployed by remotely operated vehicles and Shearwater’s nine-string triple source system. Shearwater said it will use SW Diamond and another vessel to execute this contract.
This contract came a week after Shearwater picked up contracts to provide 3D seismic surveys offshore Western Australia covering more than 3,200 km2 during Q2 2021. The three-month programme will be conducted using seismic survey vessel Geo Coral and its multi-sensor streamer system.
These contracts coincide with Shearwater’s decision to open a processing and imaging centre in Perth, Australia, to serve the Australian and Asia-Pacific clients with its seismic processing technologies.
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