Two new contracts off Australia for McDermott’s derrick lay vessel

McDermott International has been awarded two new contracts offshore Australia for its new flagship derrick lay vessel, the DLV 2000. 

The DLV 2000, to be named in April, is a class 3 dynamically positioned vessel combining a 2,200-ton revolving crane with a deepwater S-lay pipelay system configured to install pipelines with diameters ranging from 4.5 to 60 inches in water depths up to 10,000 ft.

McDermott’s new vessel has secured scope as part of the current work schedule for the INPEX Ichthys LNG project offshore Western Australia.

The DLV 2000 is expected to join the project as part of McDermott’s 2016 current project schedule by installing large subsea spools, laying infield umbilicals and lifting several subsea distribution units that will provide the hydraulic, chemical and electrical distribution from the umbilicals to the subsea drill centers.

Work is expected to be performed in conjunction with McDermott’s other new subsea installation vessel, the Construction Support Vessel 108 (CSV 108), that is already working on the project.

The CSV 108 is expected to undergo an upgrade later this year to install a vertical lay system and reel deployment system, also for use in the project and will then be referred to as Lay Vessel 108 (LV 108).

“It is an exciting time to see our newest subsea vessels working side-by-side on this landmark project,” said Hugh Cuthbertson, Vice President, Asia. “We look forward to this being a very successful start for the DLV 2000 and helping us deliver a successful project for our client, INPEX, and other project stakeholders as well as demonstrating the capability and versatility of the McDermott subsea fleet to the industry.”


Contract with Woodside


In addition, McDermott will put the DLV 2000 to work offshore Western Australia, supporting a transportation and installation contract awarded by Woodside for the Greater Western Flank Phase 2 Project. The installation will occur approximately 20 miles from the Goodwyn A platform located in the North West Shelf region off Western Australia.

This work is also expected to be performed in conjunction with McDermott’s other new subsea installation vessel, the CSV 108.

Engineering for the project is expected to be done by McDermott’s in-house staff in Perth and Kuala Lumpur. Fabrication and pre-installation of pre-lay support structures and 21 buckle initiators is scheduled for McDermott’s Batam Island, Indonesia, fabrication facility.

“We are excited to win this opportunity and build on the leading position we have in Australia, where McDermott has a long and established track record of successfully performing projects for Woodside and other clients,” said Cuthbertson. 

The full scope of the brownfield project covers transportation and installation of 22 miles of 16-inch corrosion resistant alloy (CRA) clad pipeline which includes three In-Line Tees (ILTs) and pipeline end terminations (PLETs) at each end in water depths up to 420 feet.

The lump sum contract award will be reflected in McDermott’s first quarter 2016 backlog.