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Swire Acquires Norway’s Subsea Specialist

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Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Limited (SPO) today announced the acquisition of Seabed AS, based in Bergen, Norway.

Seabed AS was founded in 2008 by Mr Hans Martin Gravdal, who has more than 30 years of experience within a wide range of subsea operations. Mr Gravdal and his team will continue with the company which is to be renamed Swire Seabed AS.

Along with the acquisition, SPO will take ownership of Seabed Worker, the 88m state of the art Multi-Purpose Support Vessel, and the high-specification subsea ROVs held by Seabed AS.

Neil Glenn, Managing Director of SPO, said, “We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Seabed, through which we will increase our capabilities and extend the range of services we are able to offer to our customers. We look forward to working closely with Mr Gravdal and his team in Norway as they continue to grow and develop the business.”

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Norway: Statoil Orders Subsea Structures for Asgard

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Bergen Group Offshore has, through its subsidiary Bergen Group Rosenberg AS, been awarded a contract by Statoil for fabrication of subsea structures for the Åsgard Subsea Compression Project with an estimated value of 50 MNOK.

The project involves delivery of 12 off PLEM structures (Pipeline End Manifold) and one riser base with a total estimated weight of 850 tonnes. The contract includes project management, shop engineering, planning and work preparation,  procurement, fabrication and testing of the structures. The work will commence immediately and final delivery shall take place in May 2013.

The project organization will be mobilized at Buøy, Stavanger where all project activities will be undertaken.

“Bergen Group Rosenberg very pleased to be awarded this contract. We are well positioned for the growing subsea market with our excellent track record for quality deliveries. Through recent investments in fabrication facilities and equipment we shall achieve further improvements in productivity and quality.” says Kristin Færøvik, Executive Vice President of Bergen Group Offshore and CEO of Bergen Group Rosenberg.

Statoil and its partners on Åsgard field have opted for subsea gas compression to help recover the big remaining reserves in this Norwegian Sea field. Subsea compression is expected to increase the recovery factor and producing life of Åsgard. By carrying out compression on the seabed, Asgard partners will achieve benefits in the form of improved energy efficiency and lower costs compared with carrying out compression on platforms or on land.

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Songa Eclipse Getting Ready for Contract with Total in Angola

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Songa Offshore​, Cyprus-based offshore drilling company, today provided a fleet update for October 2011.

Songa Venus remained on location for Petronas Carigali, Malaysia through-out the period. The rig was shut down during the majority of the period and completed earlier announced repairs and testing of re-worked BOP components on December 19. The unit achieved 100% operating efficiency for the remainder of the period after re-commencing operations.

Songa Mercur completed its de-mobilization and load off from Sakhalin, Russia to Labuan Malaysia end of October and the rig has undergone extensive contractual acceptance testing and installation of third party equipment through November and December. The rig is now fully accepted and scheduled to depart for commencement of its two well program in Malaysia with Petronas Carigali.

Songa Dee continued its program for Statoil at the Gulfaks field, and the rig achieved an average operating efficiency of 99% during the period.

Songa Delta completed its scheduled SPS and rig upgrade yard stay at CCB base outside Bergen, Norway during the period. The yard stay was extended from an original 40 days to 56 days mainly due to extended work scopes and additional work related to the BOP system. The rig was then further delayed by weather and remained in sheltered waters until 6th January and is currently in process of anchoring up at location in order to re-commence the contract with Wintershall / Det Norske Oljeselskap.

Songa Trym achieved an operating efficiency of 99% during the period. The rig continues to operate for Statoil in Norway.

Songa Eclipse completed its mobilization to Angola during the period, and the rig is currently undergoing final rig contractual acceptance testing which is expected to be completed during second half of January. The rig will thereafter commence its one well plus 18 month contract with Total E&P Angola

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