Drydocks World to convert tankers to MCVsYard News // December 5, 2011
Drydocks World has signed a contract with Singapore based AET for two Tanker-to-Modular Capture Vessel (MCV) conversion projects.
AET is converting these vessels as part of the Marine Well Containment Company’s (MWCC) well containment system. MWCC is a not-for-profit, stand-alone organization with 10 member companies ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, BP, Apache Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Statoil and Hess.
The conversion will be implemented at the Drydocks World – Dubai facility.
The conversion will allow the tankers to continue to operate normally (as tankers) in the Gulf of Mexico, with ability to be deployed as MCVs in shortest possible time.
The first vessel is expected to arrive at the yard in December 2011 and the second vessel in February 2012. Each project will be completed within a period of nine months.
Each vessel will handle about 100,000 barrels of liquid and about 200 million standard cubic feet of gas per day. The MCVs are capable of deploying equipment to depths of 10,000 feet.
The vessels will be equipped with new state-of-the-art containment system provided by Marine Well Containment Company. The conversion scope includes installation of four power generators, four retractable azimuthing thrusters, one tunnel thruster, a dynamic positioning system, pipe racks on deck and supports for a process module, flare tower and turret.