PHOTO: McDermott’s DLV 2000 vessel set for subsea work at Ichthys

McDermott’s DLV2000; Image source: Inpex
McDermott’s DLV2000; Image source: Inpex

Japanese oil company Inpex has informed that McDermott’s deepwater derrick lay vessel DLV2000 left the Port of Broome in Australia on Sunday heading for the Ichthys field, 220 kilometers offshore Western Australia. 

The 184-meter long newbuild vessel will be working on its first assignment – undertaking subsea installation work for the Ichthys LNG Project.

To remind, McDermott was awarded two contracts for its new flagship derrick lay vessel, the DLV 2000, in February this year. One of those contracts was for the Inpex’s Ichthys LNG project.

Inpex said on Monday that the DLV2000 will secure the heart of the project’s drill center control system this week—six subsea distribution units in the Ichthys field.

The vessel will install large subsea spools, lay infield umbilicals and lift several subsea distribution units that will provide the hydraulic, chemical and electrical distribution from the umbilicals to the subsea drill centers.

The DLV 2000, built by Singapore’s Keppel and named in April this year, is a class 3 dynamically positioned vessel combining a 2,200-ton revolving crane with a deepwater S-lay pipelay system configured to install pipelines with diameters ranging from 4.5 to 60 inches in water depths up to 10,000 ft.

Once done with Ichthys, the DLV 2000 will remain in Australia supporting a transportation and installation contract awarded by Woodside for the Greater Western Flank Phase 2 Project.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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