Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced Monday that it will build hull parts of a drillship for Estaleiro Enseada Do Paraguacu S.A. (EEP), Bahia State, Brazil, of which Kawasaki holds 30 percent of the shares. The vessel is the first of six ordered by Sete Brasil (Brazilian investment company in the oil & gas industry), which will be chartered by Petrobras (Brazil's state-owned oil company). After the drillship’s hull parts are completed at Kawasaki’s Sakaide Shipyard, they will be transported to EEP for installation of other segments, such as the topside equipment, and will be delivered to the owner. This strategy was also agreed by the drillship owner.
Kawasaki has agreed to work on the hull of this first drillship as part of a technical cooperation with EEP. The completion of the parts undertaken by Kawasaki is expected for the 1st quarter of 2015.
It is important to emphasize that the Brazilian minimum content of all the ordered vessels will remain as determined in the contract with Sete Brasil, as well as other contractual conditions.
Kawasaki plans on building offshore vessels to meet global demands on offshore projects.
The vessel’s main specifications are outlined below.
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