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Self-elevating units target Middle East market

Fri 14 Oct 2016

Self-elevating units target Middle East market
BlueConnect says the first of two SEUs it is managing will be available in early/mid 2017

With the Middle East market withstanding the downturn in the offshore oil and gas industry better than many others, the project managers for a pair of 250-person self-elevating units (SEUs) say two new units are about to be completed by Nanyang Offshore.

Singapore-based BlueConnect has worked on a number of projects with leading players such as MAC, Bibby Offshore, Tasik Subsea and the former Hallin Marine. Originally a system integrator and provider of turnkey engineering services on newbuild projects in the region, BlueConnect’s scope of responsibilities for projects has grown to the point where it is now acting in a consultancy and owner’s representative role and managing the build and marketing of the SEUs.

Company spokesperson Ivan Seah told OSJ that the first of the SEUs was due to be launched on 18 October 2016 and completed early in 2017, and the second is due to be delivered by mid-2017. “We expect the SEUs to be ideally placed for work in the Middle East,” Mr Seah told OSJ.

“They have a number of value-added features that similar units cannot match. Not only do they have accommodation for 250 people, they are also ideal for the installation of a workover unit on deck so they can undertake well intervention work. Although the oil price is still low and E&P activity has been depressed, there is a growing demand for intervention on older wells, particularly in the Middle East region.”

The SEUs are self-propelled and designed and built to service the offshore market in water depths of up to 70m. Designed with four legs, allowing for easy and stable jacking operations, they have DP2 dynamic positioning and can work successfully even in a harsh environment.

“In addition to modern and well laid-out accommodation facilities, the units are equipped with large capacity cranes, helideck, offices and abundant storage areas. They were designed and built with strict compliance to all relevant international standards, and all of the systems on board are supplied by internationally renowned brands.” With a length overall of 68.00m, beam of 40.00m, depth of 7.20m, draught of 4.00m and displacement of 8,400 tonnes, they are classed by ABS and have 103m long legs. They can work in a water depth of 70m and maximum wave height of 6.10m with an air gap of 10.00m. Once the SEUs are underway, they will have a service speed of 6 knots. They also benefit from a helideck suitable for a Sikorsky S92A or S61N.

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