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    New vessel to boost Leighton International's offshore fleet

    Vessel & ROV News // October 12, 2009

    Leighton Eclipse will work in India initially.

    Leighton International's offshore oil and gas division has unveiled a new state-of-the-art pipelay and offshore construction vessel in Batam, Indonesia.

    Christened Leighton Eclipse, the 130m long vessel was constructed by Leighton International and will initially be deployed in India on its $US750 million Pipeline Replacement Project (PRP II) contract in the Mumbai High field approximately 180km off the coast of Mumbai for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

    “PRP 2 requires Leighton to install around 60km of pipelines from 6in to 16in in water depths of 70-80m during the 2009-10 weather window which ends in April 2010 and a further 60km the following season,” Leighton Offshore Oil and Gas General Manager Russell Waugh said.

    Mr Waugh said Leighton International undertook the construction of the vessel itself in order to meet the tight timeframes and exacting standards required.

    “Eclipse has been built to ABS class and Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit requirements and is Special Purpose Shipping (SPS) code compliant,” Mr Waugh said. "A number of jurisdictions are beginning to adopt SPS code and there are very few pipe-lay construction vessels in the market that can genuinely claim to be SPS compliant.”

    Eclipse is 130m long with a breadth of 32m and has a hull depth of 8.5. The vessel is capable of handling pipe diameters from 6in to 60in OD, and has two 60 tonne pipe tensioners. Eclipse is fitted with a 300 tonne pedestal crane and can work in water depths of up to 150m. Eclipse is set up with facilities for manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic welding. Leighton Eclipse has state-of-the-art mooring systems. The vessel uses the latest technology electric mooring winches, and has fully integrated bridge mounted controls.

    Leighton now has two pipelay barges operating throughout South East Asia, India and the Middle East. Its flagship pipe-lay barge, Leighton Stealth, was built in 2006 and has recently undergone an extensive upgrade including a new 232-person accommodation block.

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