Swiber Holdings disclosed late Wednesday the successful completion of its first floatover operation with the B-193 Field Development project in India for the country's national oil company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.
The extensive scope of work for this project involved floatover installation of a 13,000 metric tonnes process platform and an 8,000 metric tonnes living quarter platform, as well as installation of bridges and flares. Fabrication of the topsides, jackets and other structures was undertaken by a consortium partner at their yard in Malaysia.
With topside weights increasingly exceeding floating crane lifting capacities, floatover installation has emerged as a reliable and cost-effective alternative. Swiber utilized its derrick pipelay barge, Swiber PJW3000, along with two of its floatover barges, Holmen Atlantic and Holmen Pacific, supported by several other support vessels for this project, located at offshore Mumbai in India.
"The successful execution and completion of B-193, which marks the first time that any company has used floatover methods for offshore field development in India, is a testament to Swiber's excellent engineering capabilities and asset strength. It is noteworthy that for a project of this size and complexity, we have been able to use most of our in-house assets fully. We remain committed to delivering quality services that epitomises world-class excellence, safety, innovation and value for our global customers," Swiber's Executive Chairman Raymond Goh, said in a statement.
"ONGC joins Swiber in celebrating the success of the first-of-its-kind floatover installation in offshore Indian waters for the B-193 Field Development Project. This is a noteworthy milestone for offshore exploration and development, as it is the first time that floatover installation methods have been used in India," ONGC's Chairman and Managing Director Shri Sudhir Vasudeva, noted in a statement.
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