Newbuild Lewek Constellation Prepares for Noble Energy's GOM Assignment

Singapore's Ezra Holdings Limited (Ezra or the Group), a leading contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry, officially christened and named the Lewek Constellation subsea construction vessel at Schiedam in the Netherlands Sunday prior to her departure to the Gulf of Mexico to commence work for Noble Energy. The Lewek Constellation, an ice-classed, multi-lay offshore construction vessel with ultra-deepwater pipelaying and heavy lift capabilities is Ezra's unit EMAS AMC’s flagship project-enabling asset.

Lewek Constellation was initially conceptualized in 2009 and her hull was successfully launched in 2012. She measures 584.8 feet (178.27 meters) by 150.9 feet (46.0 meters), and sports all single berth cabins, and is designed to deliver complex projects in a safe, efficient and reliable manner in water depths exceeding 9,842.5 feet (3,000 meters).

Additionally, the Lewek Constellation is only one of two vessels in the world in her class achieving the highest environmental and comfort notations, with an ice-classed hull capable of transiting through 2.6 feet (0.8 meters) of ice and a technologically advanced DP3 system. She also comes equipped with an 800 metric ton Huisman multi-lay system that is able to support both rigid and non-rigid pipelines, a 3,000 metric ton Huisman offshore heavy lift crane, two Schilling workclass remotely operated vehicles (WROVs) and a unique portable reel system which significantly reduces mobilization time.

"I am extremely delighted and proud that our flagship vessel, Lewek Constellation has achieved her final milestone before she turns fully operational in 1Q 2015. From initial conception to delivery, Lewek Constellation has been a concerted effort by our global team, from design to project management,” said Lionel Lee, Ezra’s Group CEO and managing director.

“I would like to thank the many people who have made this happen – the teams in EMAS AMC and Triyards, Huisman and our co-lead banks DBS and DNB,” added Lee.

“I would also like to express my deepest appreciation to Noble Energy, for giving the Lewek Constellation her inaugural pipelay projects. The projects in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico will be the perfect platform to showcase the Lewek Constellation’s capabilities as a world-class pipelay vessel.”

The Group has secured a healthy backlog of approximately $500 million with Lewek Constellation and she is slated to begin work for Noble Energy in the first quarter of 2015 with her work schedule extending well into 2016 and beyond.

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