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USA: Cal Dive Wins USD 25 Million Offshore Decommissioning Contract

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Cal Dive International, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a Field Abandonment and Decommissioning Contract from an operator in the Gulf of Mexico which includes the abandonment of sixteen wells, seven pipelines, and the removal of eight structures.

The contract is expected to generate total revenue of approximately $25 million and will utilize two of the Company’s key assets. Work on this project will commence in the first quarter of 2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2012.

Quinn Hébert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal Dive, stated, “We are pleased to announce the award of our first decommissioning program in the Gulf of Mexico for 2012. We expect 2012 to be an active year for salvage work in the Gulf of Mexico as regulators encourage producers to remove idle iron. This project highlights Cal Dive’s ability to provide full service solutions to our clients.”

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USA: Cal Dive Secures Well Intervention Contract for Uncle John Vessel

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Cal Dive International’s multiservice vessel Uncle John is currently undergoing an upgrade to the vessel’s dynamic positioning and derrick systems, which will enable the vessel to perform light well intervention work in water depths up to 3,500 feet.

Uncle John is DNV Classified multipurpose vessel with, 16-man Comex dive system with hyperbaric lifeboat capable of carrying 16 divers and 3 crews.

The upgrade is part of the Company’s original capital expenditure budget for 2011. Completion of this upgrade is anticipated during the middle of the first quarter of 2012. Following this upgrade and upon completion of 45 days of work for a major oil and gas operator, the Uncle John will commence a P&A Support Contract for two deepwater wells for Apache Corporation . This awarded work is expected to keep the Uncle John utilized late into the second quarter of 2012.

Quinn Hébert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal Dive, stated, “We are pleased to announce the upgrade of the Uncle John and the award of our first light well intervention contract by Apache utilizing the vessel’s upgraded capability. We are excited about the opportunities available to Cal Dive in entering this new market segment where we have received significant interest from our customers. This will allow Cal Dive to further diversify our market reach beyond our traditional diving and integrated construction services.”

Cal Dive International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a marine contractor that provides an integrated offshore construction solution to its customers, including manned diving, pipelay and pipe burial, platform installation and platform salvage services to the offshore oil and natural gas industry worldwide with a fleet of 29 vessels, including 19 surface and saturation diving support vessels and 10 construction barges.

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Cal Dive Australia Selects Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus ROV

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To tackle the strong currents in Australia’s offshore oil & gas fields, leading contracting company, Cal Dive International (Australia) Pty Limited, selected Saab Seaeye’s powerful new Panther XT Plus ROV (Zone Rated and configured for operations in hazardous areas) when making that choice.

A Cal Dive spokesman said, ‘The Panther ticks all the boxes. It is small enough to work inside rig and platform jackets, yet powerful enough to open and close pipeline valves and operate in the strong currents of open water.’

Although intended primarily for inspection work on oil & gas platforms, sub-sea completions and associated pipelines, Cal Dive says, ‘It has the muscle to do whatever needs to be done.’

Cal Dive points to the fact the Panther XT Plus has ten powerful thrusters, has 50% more power and swims 30% faster than any other electric work ROV of its class.

Such thruster power means it can maintain position whilst working in the strong currents of Australian waters that would normally restrict the operations of other similar ROV’s.

The Panther’s configuration chosen by Cal Dive includes a Seaeye wide-angle low-light black & white camera and a Kongsberg compact colour zoom camera.

Also a Tritech Super SeaKing sonar with dual frequency sonar head, and a Tritech altimeter with auto altitude option.

Fitted to the ROV are two Schilling Orion manipulators: starboard side, a seven function position feedback manipulator with 3.8″ gripper, and port side, a four function rate manipulator with 7.8″ gripper.

For debris clearance, the Panther comes with a rotary disc cutter and a 38mm anvil cutter.

There is also a water jetting system, a cleaning brush assembly and manipulator-held cleaning brush tool.

A Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge comes with the ROV, together with a CP proximity probe to check anode protection.

In the case of an emergency the ROV is fitted with a battery operated emergency locator strobe.

The ROV system includes a stainless steel framed tether management cage with 150m of tether cable, and its own Seaeye mini camera.

Also supplied through Saab Seaeye’s West Australian distributor, Oceanvision, is a control container and a self-erecting launch and recovery A-frame with 1100 metre umbilical cable capacity, a certified bullet assembly and lock latch assembly with snubber rotator.

Reassuringly for Cal Dive the new Panther XT Plus has evolved from the proven Panther concept into a more powerful vehicle with an increased payload and re-designed frame that allows more space for additional equipment and a greater range of tools and sensors.

An added bonus when working to a tight deadline in hazardous conditions is that ten thrusters in hand offer a reassuringly high degree of redundancy, should one or more thrusters become fouled – allowing the operator to keep the ROV on task until recovery.

Cal Dive say that, although this is the first Saab Seaeye ROV for Cal Dive’s Australian operation, the ROV team has good previous experience with Saab Seaeye ROVs in other fields of operation.

Cal Dive International (Australia) Pty Limited is part of Houston-based Cal Dive International, established 30 years and a market leader in offshore construction, inspection, maintenance, repair and decommissioning of production and pipeline infrastructure.

Saab Seaeye is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and now includes Saab’s underwater systems which provides tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry. This year marks Seaeye’s 25 years as a leading innovator in ROV design and manufacture.

Oceanvision is the Saab Seaeye distributor and service hub for Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Western Australia. Oceanvision also manufacture and design underwater camera systems for the general marine and the offshore drilling industry.

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Mexico: Cal Dive to Install Subsea Pipeline in Abkatun Offshore Field

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Cal Dive International, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Pemex Exploración y Producción for the installation of an 8 inch subsea pipeline located in the Abkatun Field in 47 meters of water. The contract will generate total revenue of approximately $27 million and will utilize two of the Company’s key assets. The offshore construction is expected to commence in April 2012.

Quinn Hébert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal Dive, stated, “We are pleased to announce our first contract win in Mexico for 2012. We expect 2012 to be a very active year in Mexico as the capital spending by Pemex is expected to be at a higher level than in recent years.”

Cal Dive International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a marine contractor that provides an integrated offshore construction solution to its customers, including manned diving, pipelay and pipe burial, platform installation and platform salvage services to the offshore oil and natural gas industry on the Gulf of Mexico OCS, Northeastern U.S., Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, Australia, the Middle East, India and the Mediterranean, with a fleet of 29 vessels, including 19 surface and saturation diving support vessels and 10 construction barges.

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