N-KOM to Build Bennett Designed Liftboat for GDI
July 23, 2014
Source: Nakilat - Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd. Press Release
DOHA, Qatar– Gulf Drilling International (GDI) Limited,a subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS), the largest oilfield service company in Qatar, has awarded two contracts worth US110 million to Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), a joint venture shipyard between Nakilat and Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M).
The first contract is for the construction of a self-propelled and self-elevating liftboat designed by Bennett Offshore, which is customized for field transit operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in water depths of up to 65 meters. When completed at the end of 2015, the liftboat will provide accommodation and platform support services for a customer with operations in Qatar.
N-KOM also has been awarded a six-year repair and maintenance contract for GDI's existing fleet of jack-up rigs operating in the Middle East.
Bennett Offshore designed the LB310 liftboat in collaboration with N-KOM. The liftboat can undertake a wide range of services such as well servicing, commissioning, maintenance and decommissioning of offshore platforms. The customized liftboat is equipped with two deck cranes, a large open deck space of around 800 square meters, a helideck, and accommodation capacity for 130 persons. The liftboat also allows for a specially designed gangway bridge to link it to the customer's platform for emergency escape and other safety purposes.
Liftboats are a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional offshore service vessels, as they can be mobilized without requiring third-party assistance. Apart from accommodating a large number of offshore crew, the liftboat is able to enhance overall operational safety by providing a more stable work environment with its self-elevating feature.