Allseas Marine Wins Snohvit Pipelay Contract

The NOK 400 million job of laying the main pipeline between Snohvit and Melkoya was awarded by Statoil to Swiss-based Allseas Marine Contractors on December 17th.

"This contract covers laying of the 143-kilometer pipeline to carry the wellstream to the processing plant," says Olav Hagland, pipelaying manager in the Snohvit project team.

The Solitaire laybarge is due to start laying out from the Melkoya landfall towards the field in April 2005, and the work should take almost six weeks to complete.

Because the vessel is dynamically positioned, it can stay on station with engine power alone and accordingly has no need to deploy anchors.

"Using a laybarge of this kind avoids causing anchor damage to the seabed," explains Mr. Hagland.

"The pipelaying job was one of the last major installation contracts remaining to be placed for the offshore part of the Snohvit development."

"The only one left is the assignment for dumping gravel over the pipeline and umbilicals between the field and Melkoya, which we expect to award in the first quarter of next year."