EBH Namibia knows the drill

25 February 2019 | Infrastructure

Global oil and gas service provider Sapura Energy selected EBH Namibia (EBHN) to reactivate their 15 839 ton semi-submersible, self-erecting tender-assisted drilling platform, SKD Jaya.

Reactivating a very large structure such as the SKD Jaya firstly involves a detailed inspection above and below the waterline.

The scope of work will include full shipyard marine engineering services, such as metal work, fabrication, carpentry, mechanical, coatings and electrical.

This could definitely amount to more than U$1 million in revenue, according to an industry insider.

Sapura Energy will use a semi-submersible heavy-lift vessel, the Hua Hai Long, to move the SKD Jaya from Trinidad to Walvis Bay.

The project is set to commence when the rig arrives in Walvis Bay on 1 March this year, and will utilise the services of a highly skilled and well-resourced rig repair team.

“EBH Namibia and Walvis Bay is the only shipyard on Africa’s West Coast that can offer this comprehensive service capability, and this is a major vote of confidence. We are delighted to announce the successful conclusion of the agreement with Sapura Energy, as it endorses EBHN’s high levels of expertise and experience in servicing the international offshore oil and gas sector,” commented EBHN marketing manager Quintin Simon.

He explained that this key new project highlights the strategic relevance of the Walvis Bay based company as the preferred ship repair partner conveniently located on Africa’s West coast.

“Following the dramatic fall in oil prices in mid-2014, trading conditions for the industry have been severely constrained. Now, nearly five years later, there is cautious optimism regarding an upswing in the oil industry, as the level of demand in the offshore market - especially along the West Coast of Africa - has seen a significant increase recently.”

This has been underpinned by majority shareholder Namport’s recent multi-billion Namibian dollar investment in the expansion of the Walvis Bay port, enabling the berthing of larger vessels; which creates many beneficial downstream opportunities for local service industries.

Simon also thanked the management team of Namport for assisting EBHN by enabling the extended stay berthing facility for the duration of the important project.

He added that the rig reactivation project was the first of a number anticipated, and said it will provide EBHN and relevant stakeholders as well as the local Walvis Bay community with strong sustainable revenue into the future.

The SKD Jaya rig has been ‘cold stacked’ in the Gulf of Paria, which is offshore of Trinidad, since 2016. Cold stacking involves the partial decommissioning of a vessel when it appears that it will not be in use for an extended period of time. However, as vessels deteriorate due to the impact of salt and weather, returning them to full working condition is a fairly lengthy and involved procedure.

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