VAALCO Gabon (Etame) Inc. is the operator of the Etame Marin block.EMAS AMC, the subsea services division of EMAS, is undertaking the block expansion project on behalf of VAALCO Gabon (Etame) Inc. and its working interest partners. LDD was awarded the foundations contract covering drilling, grouting, lifting, and handling in April.
LDD worked with EMAS AMC to install four 48-in. piles for each of the two jackets. Each pile was 140 m (459 ft) long and penetrated 42 m (138 ft) below the mudline. The companies worked off EMAS’ new flagship vessel, theLewek Constellation.
Because of the remote working environment offshore Gabon, LDD was equipped with a large suite of spare equipment to ensure that any problem could be quickly rectified without affecting the project schedule. Additionally, replacement tools were supplied through the Acteon Group.
EMAS AMC’s other work includes engineering, procuring, installing, and commissioning of rigid pipelines, along with transporting and installing flexible pipelines for Etame and Southeast Etame/North Tchibala, in water depths of 80 m (262 ft).