Subsea 7 has won a contract from Statoil for a support vessel to provide subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services on the Norwegian continental shelf.
No exact value was disclosed for the contract but Subsea 7 described it as “substantial”, noting they define this as between US$150M and US$300M.
The London-based subsea engineering, construction and services firm will provide a ‘life of field’ support vessel, Seven Viking, from January 2019 for five years with options for extensions.
The contract stipulates the support vessel should be equipped with work- and observation-class ROVs and a module handling support system and must be capable of performing standard inspections, light construction and scale squeeze operations, module handling and Christmas tree installation.
The 5,125 dwt Seven Viking, built in 2013 by Ulstein, has a length of 107 m and a beam of 25 m. It can accommodate 90 people and has a service speed of 14 knots. It uses Ulstein’s X-BOW hullform, which reduces motion in transit and gives increased stability.
Project management and engineering support will be provided by Subsea 7 subsidiary i-Tech Services’ Stavanger office.
i-Tech Services senior vice president Steven Wisely said the contract was a renewal of an existing one the company held with Statoil, adding “It proves the concept of Seven Viking, which is the only vessel of its kind in the world.
“Over the course of the contract we look forward to introducing new innovative technologies, including remote controlled operations from onshore.”