Proserv to cut Iwaki platform jacket

SapuraAcergy has awarded Proserv Offshore a subsea cutting contract for the Iwaki platform jacket off the northeast coast of Japan.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- SapuraAcergy has awarded Proserv Offshore a subsea cutting contract for the Iwaki platform jacket off the northeast coast of Japan. In 154 m (505 ft) of water, the eight-legged, 20,735-metric ton (22,856-ton) platform is the largest in the region slated for decommissioning, Proserv says.

Proserv Offshore’s Asia Pacific operations will supply cutting equipment and services for the project, including 80-in. (203-cm) diamond wire cutting tools as well as external, internal, and specialized abrasive cutting systems. After the cutting operation, SapuraAcergy’s DP heavy lift vessel Sapura 3000 will lift and deploy the 16,000-metric ton (17,637-ton) jacket to the seabed, creating an artificial reef.

“The Iwaki project, scheduled for next year, will involve some of the most sophisticated cutting operations ever carried out in the Asia-Pacific region,” says Robert Finch, Proserv Offshore’s COO. “This contract and the high-load compression cuts we demonstrated at our base in Perth, Australia, further support our leadership in high technology cutting equipment and services throughout the region.”

The project is scheduled to begin in March 2010.

11/10/2009

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