Norwegian marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore announced Monday that it has been contracted by Perforadora Mexico to support the transportation and installation of a rig for a fixed platform offshore Mexico.
Under the contract Aqualis will monitor and document the sequence for rig-down, transportation and offshore installation of the Veracruz platform rig. The drill rig is currently being fabricated at the Lone Star yard in Baytown, Texas.
The 4008-ton Veracruz modular platform rig will be installed on the Ayasil A fixed platform, which is located offshore Mexico and operated by Pemex.
The drill rig is made up of approximately 108 individual modules ranging from 10 to 147 tonnes. Following assembly, hook-up and commissioning at the yard, the platform is taken apart and shipped in modules on barges to the Ayasil A platform, where the modules and associated items are lifted onto the platform and reconnected.
Aqualis Offshore is managing the project out of its office in Mexico City, supported by the company’s office in Houston, Texas, USA.
Dr Bader Diab, director of Aqualis Offshore's North American operation, commented in a company statement: "Last autumn we opened our office in Mexico City to be able to support clients operating offshore Mexico. This job for Perforadora Mexico is a good example of how we can work seamlessly between our US and Mexican offices to ensure the safety and integrity of valuable offshore assets that have both a US and Mexican footprint. We believe it is highly effective set-up for our clients."
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