Harkand, the UK-based inspection, repair and maintenance company, and its local consortium partner TOS Angola Lda, have secured a three-year contract to deliver inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services in Angola for an international oil company.
The company said it would use its recently upgraded multi-purpose dive support vessel (DSV) Swordfish to support the project and provide air, surface gas and saturation diving services for the work in Cabinda, Angola.
Harkand invested $10.5 million in upgrades to the DSV Swordfish including a 15-man diving system, 3-man bell, self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboat (SPHL) and a dedicated hyperbaric rescue facility (HRF).
Harkand’s managing director for North America and Africa, AJ Jain said: “This is a new consortium for Harkand in another West Africa region; we are extremely proud to have been selected by our client to support their IRM activities offshore Cabinda.
“The block we will be working in is of extreme importance to Angola’s petroleum industry, therefore, we understand the importance of maintaining production to our client and expect to fully support all their subsea inspection, repair and maintenance needs in the safest and most cost efficient manner utilising the DSV Swordfish.”
Doug Fieldgate, Harkand’s recently appointed general manager for Africa, said: “Harkand is working closely with our consortium partner and client to ensure we develop local capacities by maximising the use of nationals and implementing skills transfer programmes.
“Group TOS Lda is a local Angolan company which specialises in marine and offshore sectors. TOS will provide all local logistical efforts, including all local personnel required to complete this work program safely.”