Photo: Normand Turmalina's sister vessel Normand Borg; Source: Solstad

Enauta keeps Solstad AHTS for Atlanta field support

Brazilian oil company Enauta Energia has chartered an anchor handling tug and supply vessel from Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore.

Solstad Offshore said Tuesday it won a deal with Enauta for the 2006-built AHTS Normand Turmalina, a vessel previously known as the BOS Turmalina.

This is actually a continuation of Normand Turmalina’s stay with Enauta. Namely, the company has hired the vessel back in August 2017 to support operations on its Atlanta oil field.

It awarded the vessel another contract in mid-November 2019 for 18 months and the end of that contract is supposed to occur in May 2021.

Solstad added that, like before, the AHTS Normand Turmalina would be utilised by Enauta to support the Atlanta field in Santos Basin offshore Brazil

The deal, like the prior one, is for 18 months firm and has options to extend the deal for a further two years. According to Solstad, the contract will begin during May 2021.

In recent news related to Enauta and the Atlanta field, initiated the bidding process for the FPSO for the full development system on the offshore field.

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Enauta said in March that it estimated the process to be completed in 10 to 12 months and companies with proven experience in developing similar projects were invited to participate in the bidding process.

The bidding considers an FPSO with the capacity to process 50 thousand barrels of oil per day, to which 6 to 8 producing wells will be connected, including the 3 wells already in operation in the early production system (EPS).

In addition, the bidding considers the adaptation of an existing FPSO, which has never been deployed, made possible by an exclusive agreement for 12 months with an option to purchase signed by Enauta. The winning bidder will have the right to exercise this option.

The Atlanta field EPS started production in May 2018, almost two years behind the schedule. The EPS is comprised of three productions wells connected to the FPSO Petrojarl I.