US’ Vaalco hires vessel for $120m job off Gabon

Plateforme petroliere au Gabon07 August 2013, News Wires – Houston’s Vaalco Energy has chartered the Emas deep-water offshore construction vessel Lewek Constellation on a $120 million job at the Etame Marin field off Gabon.

The Singapore-headquartered contractor said the scope of work for its subsea subsidiary EMAS AMC involved engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of rigid pipelines as well as transportation and installation of flexible pipelines and two fixed production platforms.

EMAS AMC chief executive CJ D’Cort said the maiden charter for the high-spec newbuild encompassed many of the contractor’s core strengths including SURF, heavy lift, and rigid pipelay.

The Lewek Express pipelay vessel will also carry out part of the contract, for which Emas signed a letter of intent with an unnamed explorer earlier this month.

Project management and engineering are to begin immediately at EMAS AMC’s Houston office, with offshore activities starting early next year.

Due for delivery next year, the Lewek Constellation is an ice-class multi-lay offshore construction vessel with heavy-lift capabilities that is equipped to carry out pipe-laying in ultra-deepwater.

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