Short-term con­tract awarded to Bull Arm fab­ri­ca­tion site

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports -

Lo­cal con­trac­tor DF Barnes has been awarded a con­tract by Sead­rill that will bring the ul­tra-deep­wa­ter semi-sub­mersible drilling rig, West Aquarius, to the Bull Arm fab­ri­ca­tion site.

Nal­cor En­ergy-Bull Arm Fab­ri­ca­tion has signed a short-term agree­ment for the fab­ri­ca­tion yard with DF Barnes that will see work be­gin at site in De­cem­ber and con­tinue into spring 2019.

The work scope in­cludes warm stack­ing, thruster change outs as well as hull in­spec­tion and clean­ing. This scope of work could be ex­panded as the rig fur­ther pre­pares for planned drilling ac­tiv­ity tak­ing place in the wa­ters off New­found­land in 2019.

“New­found­land and Labrador is on the verge of a new era in fron­tier oil ex­plo­ration and de­vel­op­ment and Bull Arm is At­lantic Canada’s largest fab­ri­ca­tion yard with a his­tory of sup­port­ing oil and gas op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Jim Keat­ing, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, Off­shore De­vel­op­ment and Cor­po­rate Ser­vices. “We’re happy to wel­come the West Aquarius back to the prov­ince and look for­ward to these ex­plo­ration pro­grams fur­ther build­ing our knowl­edge sur­round­ing the full re­source po­ten­tial of our prov­ince.”

Work on the West Aquarius will take place within the fab­ri­ca­tion yard and as­so­ci­ated pier.

Sep­a­rate from this short-term agree­ment with DF Barnes, a re­quest for pro­posal process is on­go­ing as part of Nal­cor’s plan­ning for the fu­ture use of the site. A de­ci­sion is pend­ing as dis­cus­sions con­tinue with two pro­po­nents – DF Barnes and Cana­dian Sup­ply Base Com­pany in an ef­fort to max­i­mize site uti­liza­tion.

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