Normand Subsea embarks on first project

Projects and Operations - November 25, 2009

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Normand Subsea's first job has her working on Shell's Ormen Lange field.

Subsea 7's new†remotely operated vehicle support vessel (ROVSV) Normand Subsea has commenced her first project for Shell in the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

The life of field vessel will be utilised exclusively to service the long-term underwater services contract Subsea 7 holds with Shell Entities, operating in Europe, for inspection, repair and maintenance programmes and for some of Shellís capital projects and decommissioning works, across its offshore fields and facilities. The Normand Subseaís first workscope at Ormen Lange includes template and pipeline inspections and ship wreck surveys.

Investment in†Normand Subsea is part of an ongoing capital investment programme of over US $1bn in new assets and equipment which will see eight new vessels joining the existing Subsea 7 fleet between 2006 and 2010.†

The vessel, which is on long-term charter from Solstad Offshore, has a unique combination of capabilities that include: a fully enclosed hangar; built in 35 tonne module handling system (upgradeable to 65 tonnes); 150 tonne heave compensated crane; an extensive spread of two work class ROVs and four observation class ROVs all equipped for 1,200m; a hull with five moonpools; a well treatment system and an extensive online and offline survey suite. It also has on-board facilities for a shipís complement of 90 people.

The Shell Underwater Services Contract is the continuation of an ongoing long-term relationship between Subsea 7 and Shell which commenced in 1984.

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