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    CSO conversion gets underway

    Vessel & ROV News // December 1, 2000
    Coflexip Stena Offshore (CSO) has announced that British shipyard Cammell Laird has begun the conversion of the CSO Constructor.

    The conversion, previously scheduled for April 2000, was postponed due to the heavy workload of the vessel in 2000. The conversion will enable the Group to offer its clients a subsea construction vessel with enhanced capabilities, able to lay rigid and flexible pipe at depths of 1,500m.

    The cost of the conversion is in excess of EUR30 million and will significantly expand the capabilities of the CSO Constructor. The hull and the deck will be lengthened by 15m and widened by 5m to bring its pipeline payload to 3,000 metric tons. It willalso be equipped with two new lift cranes of 300 and 25 metric tons respectively.

    After conversion, the vessel will be able to install rigid lines with the M-J lay system, or flexible lines and umbilicals, stored in a carousel under her deck, using the Vertical Laying System (VLS.The conversion is due to be completed in April 2001. Once converted, the CSO Constructor is scheduled to operate in the UK and Norwegian areas of the North Sea, in the Blake (British Gas), Ringhorne (Esso), and Visund (Norsk Hydro) fields.

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