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Pipelay vessel contract with Petrobras commences

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TechnipFMC and DOF Subsea (DOF) have announced that the Skandi Búzios commenced its 8 year charter contract with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), as scheduled, on 13 April 2017.

The Skandi Búzios vessel is a pipelay support vessel (PLSV) owned by a joint venture between TechnipFMC (50%) and DOF (50%). It is the sistership of the Skandi Açu, which started its charter contract on 13 August 2016. These two vessels have highly important flexible pipelay tension capacity (650 t), enabling the installation of large diameter flexible pipes in the ultra-deepwater Brazilian pre-salt area.

Under the joint venture agreement, TechnipFMC is responsible for the engineering and management of the flexible pipelay, while Norskan S.A. (a DOF ASA subsidiary) is responsible for the marine operations.

Hallvard Hasselknippe, TechnipFMC’s President of Subsea Projects, stated: “We are confident that these new state-of-the-art PLSVs, together with the expertise of our people will be key for Petrobras to successfully achieve its projects offshore Brazil.”

Mons S. Aase, DOF Subsea's CEO, added: “This milestone project is the result of our long term focus on the Brazilian market. We are proud of this significant addition to our Brazilian fleet.”

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