December 2019

MDL completes EG work with Ocean Installer

Maritime Developments has completed a project offshore Equatorial Guinea with new client, Ocean Installer.

The project included installation of umbilicals and flexible flowlines using MDL’s equipment and service personnel: Horizontal Lay System (HLS) with 85-tonne tensioner plus work platform and 400Te reel drive system, mobilised on board the Viking Neptun.

The aim of the project is to increase production from the existing field by bringing 3 new wells online.

Andrew Blaquiere, MDL VP Americas, said:

“This project marks yet another milestone for the MDL Offshore Service. It was on the Viking Neptun that the MDL PVLS was deployed for its maiden project in 2015. Now, this vessel hosted the MDL HLS for its first project in West Africa.

“More importantly, however, this mission extends our track record in this region, where we have already successfully demonstrated the benefits of our equipment and expert personnel on a variety of work scopes.

“From installing oil offloading lines using our unique portable 150-tonne tensioner offshore Nigeria, to deploying the third-generation RDS offshore Ghana – our portfolio is helping improve production and support the growth of the oil and gas industry in West Africa.”

The MDL HLS was added to the company’s flexlay equipment fleet earlier this year and has proven track record on projects in the North Sea before the EG mission.

The system features a 4.5m overboarding chute, a 3m entry chute, a work platform to accommodate installation of buoyancy modules and a 75Te hang-off beam. It can also be equipped with hydraulically- operated davit arms, featuring 97o pivot.

Like the rest of the MDL fleet it is road-transportable, can be assembled on the quayside off critical path and mobilised on board a vessel in two lifts: one for the HLS and the second for the tensioner.