AMC Connector to lay Goliat power link

ABB has commissioned Aker Marine Contractors (AMC) to install a subsea power cable for Eni Norge’s Goliat field development in the Barents Sea.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway -- ABB has commissioned Aker Marine Contractors (AMC) to install a subsea power cable for Eni Norge’s Goliat field development in the Barents Sea.

The newbuild subsea installation and construction vesselAMC Connector will lay 106.5 km (66 mi) of cable in one length, stretching offshore from Hammerfest, northern Norway to the Goliat FPSO.

ABB’s power cable will weigh roughly 6,000 metric tons (6,614 tons). TheAMC Connector will take it onboard in one load; the vessel is equipped to handle a total payload of 9,000 metric tons (9,921 tons), divided onto two turntables for HV power cables or subsea umbilicals.

AMC Connector is under construction at STX Europe’s yard at Søviknes, Norway. It should be ready for operations from 1Q 2012.

Svein Haug, president of AMC, said: “"The vessel will…have unique wave motion characteristics which will provide increased project execution predictability in areas such as the Barents Sea, where we often encounter rough seas."

The vessel is designed to operate safely and efficiently in higher waves than most other high-end construction vessels – up to a significant wave height of 4-5 m (13-16.4 ft).

AMC will also supply and install a permanent tether anchor for the Goliat subsea power cable.

The contract value of around NOK 70 million ($12.25 million) excludes vessel costs, which are covered under the charter agreement signed between Aker Marine Contractors and ABB last March. Installation will be performed during spring.

02/03/2011

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