Brazilian oil company Petrobras awarded a three-year contract to DOF Subsea for a multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) for the Mero field, part of the Libra block, in the pre-salt Santos Basin in Brazil, which utilises several floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. The Libra Consortium plans to use four new FPSOs to produce up to 600,000 barrels of oil per day from the Mero field.
A multi-national venture more formerly known as Libra Oil & Gas, the Libra Consortium is composed of Petrobras (40% interest), Shell (20%), Total (20%), CNOOC (10%) and CNPC (10%).
DOF Subsea said it will deploy Skandi Salvador, which will operate two work-class remotely operated vehicles for 24 hours providing inspection, maintenance and subsea commissioning services in water depths of up to 2,500 m, including shallow dive services with Oceânica.
Built in 2009 based on an STX ROV 06 design, Brazil-flagged Skandi Salvador has an overall length of 105.9 m, beam of 21 m, draught of 6.6 m, with accommodation for 100.
DOF Subsea Brazil will be responsible for the ROV operations while Norskan will be responsible for marine operations. Both companies are 100% owned subsidiaries of DOF ASA.
DOF Group chief executive Mons S Aase said the contract “further strengthens DOF’s position in the IMR market in Brazil.”
In August, DOF Subsea announced securing contracts for at least three vessels to perform flexible pipeline, risers and subsea equipment inspection in Campos Basin, Santos Basin, Marlin Field and Espírito Santos Basin. The contracts are worth more than US$110M, with a planned start in Q4 2020 and estimated duration of 550 days.
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