Bourbon Takes Delivery of New IMR Vessel
BOURBON has taken delivery of the Bourbon Evolution 803, the 3rd vessel in the 1st large IMR series for the offshore industry. The first two sisterships already operate in West Africa.
Resource exploration is going into increasingly deep waters and the new milestone for oil and gas marine industry operations is now at 2,500 to 3,000 meters. To meet this requirement, BOURBON has ordered a large series of 10 IMR (Inspection, Maintenance, Repair) vessels called Bourbon Evolution 800.
“The series of 10 Bourbon Evolution 800 vessels means BOURBON can provide clients with a new generation of versatile vessels devoted to subsea operations. They are designed to meet future challenges in the offshore oil sector and operate at depths of 3,000m in complete safety. These vessels provide a variety of services in operational and economic harmony with the deep offshore market,” says Christian Lefèvre, Chief Executive Officer of BOURBON.
“The Bourbon Evolution 800 vessels are in line with the BOURBON strategy for fleet standardization and management optimization as proved by the successful choice of diesel-electric propulsion system on the Bourbon Liberty series, 2 large cranes that can work simultaneously and DP3 dynamic positioning.”
Encouraging results for the first in the series, the Ungundja
The first vessel in the series, the Ungundja, has been operating in Angola since December 2011. Total E&P Angola has said it has “really added value to offshore operations as, they are more numerous and meticulous and they require larger lifting systems.” After over a year of operations, the vessel installed numerous jumpers and christmas trees on the Dalia and Pazflor fields as well as other standout operations.
The Bourbon Evolution 802 joined the fleet in September 2012 and operates off the coast of Nigeria. Most recent addition to the series and delivered at the end of January 2013, the Bourbon Evolution 803 will soon operate in Malaysia.
The Bourbon Evolution 800 vessels have seen BOURBON launch a series that satisfies oil company requirements in terms of operational excellence, risk management and cost optimization in the deep offshore market:
The series vessels have 7 diesel-electric generators, 2 machine rooms, 2 electric rooms, 2 VSAT communication systems, 2 cranes that can work simultaneously, 3 stern propellers and 3 bow propellers.
The Bourbon Evolution 800 vessels provide the highest level of dynamic positioning (DP3) in addition to 6 propellers on each vessel. The Bourbon Evolution 800 vessels are equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system, particularly economical for offshore operations, whose 7 diesel-electric generators provide intelligent and improved energy management thus saving fuel.
The series was designed to provide a range of operational configurations e.g. to accommodate over 200 people (floatel), support well intervention operations (wireline) and well testing operations (well-testing).
February 27, 2013