EMAS completes work offshore Gabon

Ezra Holdings’ Subsea Services division, EMAS AMC, recently completed a US$120 million project for VAALCO Gabon (Etame) Inc. offshore Gabon in West Africa.

The company used the new build Lewek Constellation on her inaugural installation project. The work scope included the transportation and installation of two jackets, topsides, flare booms and living quarters for the Etame and Southeast Etame / North Tchibala (“SEENT”) platforms along with the installation of a new living quarters and a gas lift package onto the FPSO Nautipa.

“This was an important first project for the Lewek Constellation, and I am pleased to observe that the vessel and the project team displayed excellence in execution.”

Earlier this year EMAS AMC also installed rigid pipelines and flexibles using the Lewek Express and performed 60 days of saturation diving to complete the subsea tie-ins using two dive support vessels on VAALCO’s Etame and SEENT Fields offshore Gabon.

“We are delighted to have successfully completed this workscope for VAALCO, adding to EMAS AMC’s established track record of delivering successful projects safely, efficiently and on time,” said Lionel Lee, Ezra’s Group CEO and Managing Director.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to VAALCO for offering us this inaugural opportunity for the Lewek Constellation to showcase her heavy lift capabilities, as well as allowing us to display our subsea engineering expertise with the transportation and installation of pipelines. This was an important first project for the Lewek Constellation, and I am pleased to observe that the vessel and the project team displayed excellence in execution.”

Craig Devenney, VAALCO Energy, Inc. Construction Manager, said, “The EMAS AMC project team worked extremely well with the VAALCO team on a very significant part of our Etame Marin expansion project – the installation of the two new production platforms on our offshore Gabon permit. The Lewek Constellation, their impressive new build vessel, performed the heavy lifts of the platform, jackets and decks supported by the Lewek Express and associated dive support vessels for the pipe lay and subsea tie-in portions of the project.

“The successful work by EMAS AMC sets the stage for VAALCO to commence the drilling of production wells from the new platforms beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014. We look forward to an opportunity to work with the EMAS AMC project team again.”

The Lewek Constellation is now headed to the Netherlands for the installation of her multi-lay tower and ancillary equipment for pipe lay activities, after which she will proceed to the Gulf of Mexico to begin work for Noble Energy in the first quarter of 2015.

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