DOHA, Qatar – Gulf Drilling International (GDI) has awarded two contracts with a total value of $110 million to Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), a shipyard joint venture between Nakilat and Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine.
One contract calls for construction of a self-propelled and self-elevating liftboat, customized for field transit operations in theMiddle East and North Africa in water depths of up to 65 m (213 ft).
The vessel, due to be completed at the end of 2015, will provide accommodation and platform support for operations offshore Qatar.
Keppel O&M’s naval architecture division Bennett Offshore designed the LN310 liftboat in collaboration with N-KOM to perform well servicing, commissioning, maintenance, and decommissioning of offshore platforms.
Features include two deck cranes, an open deck space of around 800 sq m (8,611 sq ft), a helideck, and accommodation for 130 persons. The liftboat can additionally be connected to a gangway bridge to link it to the customer’s platform for emergency escape and other safety purposes.
N-KOM’s other contract, which runs for six years, covers repair and maintenance of GDI’s fleet of jackup rigs operating in the Middle East.