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New Dutch pipelaying vessel to service Petrobras

27th September 2013

Newly-launched Sapura Diamante will be used by Petrobras to develop deepwater oilfields offshore Brazil

The Sapura Diamante
The Sapura Diamante (above) includes a vertical lay system that will deploy flexible products with diameters ranging from 100 to 630 mm

IHC Merwede, a Netherlands engineering and manufacturing firm announced on Friday the launch of a new pipelaying vessel for use in deep-sea oilfield projects for Brazilian oil and gas firm Petrobras.

 

The Sapura Diamante’s pipelay spread is comprised of two below-deck storage carousels with capacities for 2,500 tons and 1,500t of product, respectively.  The vessel also includes a vertical tiltable lay system with 500t of top tension capacity that will be able to deploy flexible products with diameters ranging from 100 to 630 mm.

 

The pipe laying spread will be built at IHC Merwede’s facility in Sliedrecht.

 

The vessel is the first in a series of five fully integrated offshore vessels engineered, designed and built by IHC Mertwede for Sapura Navegação Marítima, a joint gas services and solutions venture between Malaysian oil and gas firm SapuraKencana and Bermuda offshore drilling firm Seadrill.

 

The Sapura Diamante will now head to Brazil where it will be used by Petrobras to develop Brazilian offshore oilfields at depths of up to 2,500 meters.

 

The launch of the first of five vessels that we are building for this customer is a milestone in our history. Once again, we have proved to be reliable partners for such complex projects, with the build of all of the equipment and the vessel, itself on schedule.'' said Arjan Klijnsoon, managing director of IHC Merwede’s Offshore division.