Ezra launches construction vessel

Ezra Holdings Ltd. has received a contract for its newly christened Lewek Champion.

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE -- Ezra Holdings Ltd. has received a contract for its newly christened Lewek Champion. The construction vessel has won a pipelay and construction contract to provide services as part of an $888-million subsea installation project in Southeast Asia, the company says.

With accommodation for over 500, the vessel will be involved in the installation of subsea pipelines as well as the transportation and installation of drilling, production, and wellhead platforms.

TheLewek Champion is a DP-2 vessel that can be upgraded to DP-3. It is equipped with an 800-metric-ton (881.9-ton) heavy-lift crane and was purpose-built for subsea pipeline construction support work.

Christened on Indonesia's Batam Island shipyard on Aug. 3, the vessel is Ezra first heavy-lift accommodation and pipelay vessel.

Ezra expects to take delivery of its second pipelay, accommodation, well service, and maintenance vessel in the first half of 1009. This ultra-large vessel will be equipped with a similar DP system.

In June, ConocoPhillips chartered theLewek Champion to carry out accommodation support and decommissioning work in the planned shutdown of the Bayu Undan platform in the Timor gap.

8/7/2007

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