Flintstone gives boost to DEME's oil and gas businessVessel & ROV News // April 28, 2010
Flintstone is launched at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore.
Artist's concept showing Flintstone operating in ice.
A new, next-generation fallpipe vessel was launched at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore today in the form of Flintstone, which is being built for Tideway, the offshore subsidiary for oil and gas activities at Belgium’s Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering’(DEME) Group.
Flintstone has a carrying capacity of 19,000 tonnes and can place rock with a high level of accuracy at a recordbreaking depth of up to 2,000m. The vessel also has ice class notation.
Flintstone is Tideway's third fallpipe vessel, and its largest. The two other vessels owned by the company are the 11,500 tonnes Rollingstone and the 17,500 tonnes Seahorse.
Thee €115 million investment in Flintstone will provide a further boost for the the oil and gas activities of Tideway.
DEME's CEO Alain Bernard was recently on the record as saying that in the coming years the group will focus - among other areas - on oil and gas related activity, the mining industry and energy utilities.
Said DEME: "Recent trends in the market have made deepsea pipelaying and deep sea pipeline protection more affordable. The search for deeper offshore oilfields in Brazil, West Africa and the Arctic regions is offering new unseen opportunities. In this respect, Flintstone has some very important features."
Flintstone has a DP2 class dynamic positioning system and a highly sophisticated active heave compensated ROV); the vessel also has state-of-the art survey equipment, and is fully certified for working in Arctic conditions.
"The capability to place rock with high accuracy to depths of up to 2,000m is a competitive advantage in itself," said DEME "Her cruising speed of 15 knots is also a valuable asset, since the run to and from the quarry becomes less time consuming – leaving more operational time on the project site."
"The ‘green design’ Flintstone was built under Lloyds Environmental Protection Code, which means amongst other features the full implementation of energy-saving measures and the limitation of NOx to the absolute minimum," said the company.
The vessel is due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2011 and already has a first assignment with the Russian company Sevmash, for whom Flintstone will install scour protection around the Prirazlomnaya Platform in the Barents Sea southwest of Novaya Zemlya.