CMHI and DNV GL ink LoI for two multi-activity jack-ups
China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd (CMHI) and DNV GL signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the classification of two multi-activity jack-up units at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston yesterday, DNV GL said in its press release. Ordered by OOS Energy B.V., which is affiliated with Netherlands-based Overdulve Offshore Services (OOS) International, these 96 m long units will be purpose-built for the decommissioning market. Construction is scheduled to start later this year.
For OOS Energy, these will be the first of the company’s units to be classed by DNV GL.
The two identical 4-legged, self-elevating multi-activity units (MAUs) will be used in decommissioning operations. “This means that the MAUs will be equipped for light drilling operations to close wells. In addition, they can deconstruct the top side of an oil rig’s structure, and remove the jacket structure which goes right down to the sea floor,” explains Bas Veerman, Business Development Manager Benelux at DNV GL – Maritime. Two cranes, one with a maximum hook height of 92 m and one with a maximum hook height of 122m above deck and a combined lifting capacity of 2,400 tons, can work in tandem to dismantle decommissioned offshore structures, lifting parts onto the MAU’s own deck, before transporting them back to shore. The unit is also equipped to install next generation wind turbines.
The MAUs will be able to operate in 55m water depth in harsh conditions such as those found in the North Sea. In benign circumstances the units can operate in 80m of water depth. The units will be self-propelled by four steerable thrusters, and are also equipped with a dynamic positioning system (DP2 system), ensuring safe positioning near the platform. Four dual fuel main generators, located in two separate engine rooms, provide power for propulsion, cranes, the drilling package and all auxiliary functions.
CMHI is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Merchants Industry Holding Co Ltd. (CMIH) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Merchants Group. Headquartered in Hong Kong, CMIH is in charge of industry asset management for the Group. CMIH has become the fastest-growing and most-promising offshore equipment builder and ship repair yard with international influence in China. CMIH is an established shipyard for the fabrication of offshore structures, drilling & production platforms, engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning, turnkey projects. CMHI is a world-class EPCIC contractor.
About OOS Energy B.V.
OOS Energy BV is a subsidiary of OOS International BV, headquartered in Serooskerke (Netherlands). OOS Energy was established in April 2017 to include Plug & Abandon activities to the OOS International service package. Besides the Plug & Abandon services OOS Energy also started a project to perform the full decommissioning scope in shallow water areas using only one vessel, this resulted in the design of the Multi Activity Unit.