Norwegian subsea construction vessel owners have secured contracts for projects in West Africa and the North Sea
Subsea 7, Solstad Offshore and Havila Shipping have announced contract awards and vessel charters, increasing utilisation of their fleets in 2021.
In West Africa, Subsea 7 has gained a contract to build infrastructure for a gas connection project in the Cabinda enclave of Angola from Cabinda Gulf Oil Co, to construct and install facilities for the Sanha Lean Gas Connection project. Subsea 7 will fabricate the Lean Gas Platform at Sonamet’s offshore construction yard in Lobito, Angola during 2021 and 2022.
Project management and engineering will be performed from Subsea 7’s offices in Paris, France and Lisbon, Portugal. The platform will then be installed in Block-0 offshore Angola, at a water depth of around 70 m, from 2022 and into 2023.
Subsea 7 senior vice president for Africa, Middle East and Caspian region Gilles Lafaye said the contract was awarded after a public tender. “This is the result of a long-term collaboration with the client and a track record of delivering successful projects,” he said. “The project reinforces Subsea 7’s presence in Angola and our commitment to support Africa’s energy industry.”
Subsea 7 said this was a “substantial contract” which it defined as being between US$150M and US$300M.
Also in West Africa, Solstad Offshore’s 2014-built construction support vessel Normand Jarstein has secured a contract from an unnamed Norwegian subsea contractor.
This MT 6022 L-design vessel is starting the two-month contract in January 2021, and there is an option to extend the contract for another month.
Normand Jarstein will then be mobilised to the North Sea, where it will be working for two months with a UK-headquartered oil company. This contract is scheduled to commence after 15 May 2021.
The two contracts for Normand Jarstein will be conducted ahead of the previously announced contract with Ørsted at the Hornsea 2 windfarm in the UK sector of the North Sea.
Solstad also announced a contract for its 2007-built subsea support vessel Normand Energy. This VS 4220-design vessel will support a project for an unnamed client in the Pacific Ocean from February 2021 for an estimated five months, including mobilisation and de-mobilisation.
In another contract award, 2009-built Far Samson will support offshore cable laying operations from April 2021. Solstad did not say where this work will be conducted, but the UT 761 CD-design, 121.5-m vessel is based in Floro, Norway according to automatic identification system data. This contract has a firm period of 90 days with options for the remainder of 2021.
These vessel charters came a day after Solstad secured a term contract for its 2013-built, Ulstein-designed platform supply vessel Sea Forth. This is a one-year contract, starting in April 2021 with an unnamed operator, who has options to extend the contract for Sea Forth for a further two years.
Havila Shipping announced its 2009-built subsea support vessel Havila Phoenix will be supporting Nexans Norway during Q2 2021. It secured a charter contract for this Havyard 858-design vessel for a firm period of 90 days with optional periods of 90 days.
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