The contracts are for the construction of two harsh environment special purpose self propelled four legged jackup vessels, named liftboats. The vessels consist of a hull, four truss type legs and four electric rack and pinion jacking systems and will have a DP-2 dynamic positioning system using four propeller driven thrusters, as well as a main crane with a lift capability of 300 tonnes and a smaller 50 tonne auxiliary crane. The vessels will be used for well services and the repair, maintenance, modification, installation and decommissioning of offshore facilities in the UK, Dutch and Danish sectors of the Southern area of the North Sea.
The two contracts, each for US$112 million, are lumpsum turnkey contracts and will cover all aspects of the project execution. It is expected that the first unit will be delivered to Seajacks in early 2009 with the second unit following four months later.
In addition to the awards for the first two units, Lamprell and Seajacks have agreed options for a further three units to be exercised over an 18 month period from February 2007. These contracts will be subject to negotiation, allowing for flexibility to take into account any potential cost variations.
Commenting on the award of these contracts, David Moran, Chief Operating Officer, Lamprell said:
"These significant contracts are a major step forward for Lamprell. They represent the planned expansion of our business activities to larger, more prestigious projects in the new build arena, drawing upon our expertise in the jackup construction market. At the same time we are now delivering on our promise of greater visibility of revenue with projects now extending into 2009 and potentially 2010, if the options for additional units are exercised."
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