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    Leighton Eclipse sets new pipelay record

    Projects and Operations // March 8, 2010

    Leighton International's newest edition to its fleet, Leighton Eclipse, has got off to a flying start after laying down the last lines in its 80km campaign and setting a new all time daily peak production record within the Mumbai High Field of 235 joints (2820 metres) of 16in pipe.

    Launched in October 2009, Leighton Eclipse set the record as part of its prestigious Pipeline Replacement Project 2 (PRP-2) for India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) which commenced in November 2009. 

    This is the second season of work that Leighton has performed under the PRP project. Eclipse will return to the field for pipe-lay and other activities as part of Leighton’s third season on the project in 2010-2011.

    Leighton also set a record for the Mumbai High field this season in the area of flexible pipeline installation, successfully laying 2400 metres in a single day.

    The PRP project is valued at US$750 million and consists of laying over 220km of 6in to 24in pipelines in the Mumbai High field, both rigid and flexible, along with pipeline crossings, risers, topsides modifications and testing and pre-commissioning activities.

    At the time of award, the project was the largest contract ever awarded by ONGC and Leighton is executing the works on a full EPC basis.

    Leighton International Offshore Oil and Gas CEO Russell Waugh said the new record highlighted the expertise and skill of the business.

    “These are tremendous achievements and demonstrate very clearly both the capabilities of Leighton people and equipment,” he said. “Mumbai High is a very congested field. The sort of lay rates achieved this season on PRP would be highly regarded under any circumstances, but when understood in the context of the field constraints they are all the more remarkable."

    “What is also most pleasing is that all these results have been achieved while maintaining the highest standards of safety and quality, the former represented by almost 3 million manhours having been worked without any lost time due to injury.”

    Leighton Eclipse is the largest and newest in the Leighton fleet. The vessel accommodates 260 personnel and is capable of laying pipes of 6in to 60in in diameter and working in water depths ranging from less than five metres to more than 150m. The barge complements Leighton’s Stealth and Mynx barges, both of which have also been working in India this season.

    Following the successful completion of the pipe-lay works, Leighton Eclipse is now focused on completing pipeline riser installations. Eclipse is scheduled to install 14 risers ranging from 6in to 24in this season.


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