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Engineers secure contract to build semi-submersible well intervention rig

Contract worth USD 385.5m awarded to leading global marine and offshore engineering group, Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary Jurong Shipyard.

Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (Helix), a market leader in subsea well intervention services, has agreed to pay Jurong Shipyard USD 385.5m to build a semi-submersible well intervention rig, scheduled for delivery in January 2015.

The rig will be built based on Bassoe Technology’s naval architectural design with Helix’s equipment layout.  It is an efficient purpose-designed platform with capabilities to perform a wide variety of tasks, including conventional and extended top hold drilling, subsea construction, decommissioning well intervention, coiled tubing operations and twin ROV deployment.
 
The Dynamic Positioning (DP) class 3 unit has the ability to operate in deepwater operations worldwide, including the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Brazil and West of Africa, said Sembcorp in a statement.
 
“We are honoured that Helix has entrusted us with the construction of this highly specialised deepwater semi-submersible well intervention rig. This rig is Jurong Shipyard’s first specialised platform with well intervention and subsea capabilities and represents a significant advance for us in this growing new market segment," said Don Lee, Senior General Manager, Jurong Shipyard’s Offshore Division. 

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