SHARJAH, UAE -- Despite the economic downturn, demand for rig refurbishment has remained solid over the past year, according to UAE fabricator Lamprell.
The company’s yards in Sharjah and Hamriyah were busy throughout 2009 performing upgrade and refurbishment projects. In total, the company undertook 33 jackup projects, including two at its Sattahip facility in Thailand. Currently the UAE yards are looking after nine jackups.
At Hamriyah, Lamprell has also been constructing two newbuild Scorpion S/16E-design jackups for contractor Scorpion Rigs. The first of these, the Offshore Freedom, was delivered last year and is currently working for the Al-Khafji Joint Operation in the Saudi/Kuwait ex neutral zone.
In November, the hull of the second rig, the Offshore Mischief, was launched using Lamprell’s semisubmersible barge Hamriyah Pride. This rig should be delivered to Scorpion later in April.
Among other offshore contracts, Norwegian company Master Marine contracted Lamprell in February 2009 to build four add-on spud cans with a combined weight of 2,600 metric tons (2,866 tons) for its service jackup Service Jack 1. The consignment was completed and delivered last month.
This month, Lamprell expects to deliver re-gasification and nitrogen modules weighing a total of 2,450 metric tons (2,700 tons) to Saipem. These will be incorporated into the Livorno floating storage re-gasification unit, due to be stationed offshore Italy in the Adriatic Sea.
During 2009, development continued of Lamprell’s 250,000-sq m (2.69 million-sq ft) construction facility in the Hamriyah free zone, which should be completed by end-2010. Additionally, the company is extending its yard in Thailand by investing in new fabricating equipment.
Lamprell is also expanding services to companies wanting work performed elsewhere. One instance was the upgrade and refurbishment of the Transocean jackup Key Manhattan, conducted in Croatia at the Nauta Lamjan shipyard.
The six-month contract was completed last month, the program including structural repairs to the rig’s cantilever and derrick and the replacement of piping systems in the hull.