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    Technip to replace Apache

    Vessel & ROV News // August 28, 2009

    Technip has announced that its long-standing pipelay vessel Apache is to be replaced, resulting in a new vessel: Apache II.

    Apache, which has played a major role in delivering the pipelay infrastructure of the North Sea over the last 30 years, is one of Technipís key subsea assets. In August Apache ceased operations to begin this programme that will involve the complete replacement of the ship. Technip recently purchased North Ocean 103, which is currently being built at a shipyard in Spain, and will be used for new Apache II. Apacheís high-performance existing pipelay equipment will be transferred onto the new ship at Technipís construction yard in Pori, Finland.

    Apache installed its last pipeline at the end of July for the E-On Babbage project.  To mark the occasion, an event was held at Technipís spoolbase in Evanton, UK. Technip staff, suppliers and vessel personnel turned out to celebrate the vesselís achievements and to say farewell.

    To date, Apache, which was built in Galveston, Texas in 1979, has completed over 400 pipelay projects, for the most part involving rigid steel pipe. The vessel, specialized in the reel-lay method, was the first in the world to install rigid pipe-in-pipe for the Esso Australia Bass Strait project. A world record was also achieved in 1998 for the installation of rigid pipe in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Ron Cookson, Managing Director of Technipís operation center in Aberdeen, United Kingdom said: ďApache is a very well respected and hardworking vessel, and we are extremely grateful for the service she has provided. However, we very much look forward to the arrival of Apache II."



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