On December 23, 2010 Statoil awarded DeepOcean a survey and pipeline construction support contract. The contract has a firm duration of 3 months plus 3 monthly options. The work is planned to start during February 2011 in support of Statoil's offshore pipeline installation activities at the Marulk and Smørbukk North East field developments.
The scope of work includes a variety of survey and construction support activities covering pre-lay survey of pipeline routes, lay support and touch-down monitoring during pipelay, installation of turnpoints and start-up anchors as well as pipeline flushing and pigging operations.
DeepOcean will charter in the new build vessel Volstad Surveyor for this work, specially designed for ROV and survey support services as well as light construction work. The vessel was built at Freire Shipyard in Spain and was delivered to Volstad Shipping in May 2010. Volstad Surveyor with main dimensions 85m x 18m, is fitted with a 70t AHC offshore crane, ROV hangar, moon-pool, helicopter deck and has an accommodation for 72 persons. Volstad Surveyor is owned by Volstad Shipping AS.
"DeepOcean is very pleased with once again being awarded a significant contract by Statoil. This is a true recognition of the quality of services delivered by DeepOcean and we are looking forward to cooperate with Statoil and their other contractors on this interesting project. Also we are pleased with adding the Volstad Surveyor to our fleet of modern vessels and are looking forward to develop other market opportunities for the vessel upon completion of the Statoil project," says Rolf Ivar Sørdal, Commercial Director in DeepOcean.