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New pipelay orders for Huisman with major offshore contractors

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World Pipelines,

Huisman has secured new contracts for 10 pipelay systems with various major offshore pipelay contractors. The new contracts include:

  • Three 550 t Tiltable Lay Systems (TLS) and one 325 t Vertical Lay System (VLS) for Subsea 7.
  • Two 650 t TLS and two 340 t VLS for Technip-DOF.
  • One 275 t VLS and one 570 t Multi-lay System for Ceona.

The equipment will be built at the various Huisman production facilities in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, China and Brazil. Delivery of these pipelay systems is scheduled between the end of this year and early 2017. 

Orders for Subsea 7 and Technip-DOF

The orders for the 3 x 550 t TLS for Subsea 7 and the 2 x 650 and 2 x 340 t TLS for Technip-DOF are all part of those companies’ contracts with Petrobas.

The three Subsea 7 TLS will all be equipped with a sophisticated Huisman squeeze system to accurately control squeeze loads. Moreover, all tensioners will be retractable, which allows for safe and efficient installation of large subsea infrastructure components such as umbilicals, risers and flowlines. 

The vessels for Subsea 7 will be built by IHC, the Netherlands.

Technip-DOF’s order for two TLS includes baskets and 2 x 50 t SMST knuckle boom cranes, which allow for deck handling and deepwater operation.

The vessels for the 2 x 650 t will be built by VARD in Norway and the vessels for the 2 x 340 t will be built by VARD in Brazil.

Delivery of the final pipelay system for these orders is scheduled for early 2017.

An additional contract for Subsea 7 includes a 325 t VLS for its newly built DP3 heavy construction and flexible pipelay vessel, which will be built by Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. Besides the pipelay system, Huisman will also deliver a 600 t AHC subsea crane for this vessel. Delivery is scheduled for 2015. 

Orders for Ceona

The orders for Ceona include pipelay systems for the company’s vessels the Polar Onyx and the Ceona Amazon.

The latter, a multi-function, dynamically positioned construction vessel, will be built based on a Huisman vessel design. The highly integrated and fully optimised vessel will have exceptional sea keeping characteristics, with a maximised deck area and a weather window with limited vessel dimensions.

This design includes a project area of 4600 m2, which allows for further storage of line pipe and standard flexible installation reels.

The pipelay system consists of an inclinable lay system with a top tension of 570 t and a rigid pipeline firing line system. The vessel can lay rigid pipelines, flexible pipelines and umbilicals, and can install large subsea structures using one or both of her 400 t subsea cranes, also built by Huisman.

The Ceona Amazon will be built by Lloyd Werft, and the Huisman equipment is scheduled for delivery in 2014. The 275 t VLS for the Polar Onyx will be delivered in 2014 as well. 

”Dirk Leenheer, COO of Huisman said, “These new orders are a confirmation that our innovative and high-quality designs and products are valued in the market. It has been no problem to fit all new orders into our current order portfolio, due to our worldwide production capacity. Additional new projects can also be accommodated”.

Adapted from press release by Elizabeth Corner

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