CNS Begins Major Contract with Shell in West Africa

CNS is about to begin a major installation and commissioning contract with Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria. The $5 million project will see the Aberdeen-based company, along with Nigerian partner Eng Rypac Ltd., lay two 7.5 kilometer cables in the Forcados area of Nigeria.

CNS' first contract with Shell in the Cawthorne Channel, Nigeria, was worth more than $25 million and is still ongoing with commissioning work. However, the company will take a break from this, for about a month, to carry out the Forcados Yokri project.

For the Cawthorne Channel, CNS chartered the barge, Team Oman, and mobilized it with cable lay equipment to lay and bury four cables, totaling 55 kilometers in length in river water depths of 20 meters.

For the Forcados Yokri project, CNS will charter the same vessel and equipment.

CNS has set up a base in Nigeria and employs local people in this specialist subsea work. The employment of local labour was a condition of the first contract and around 80% of the local project team is Nigerian.

CNS managing director, John Sinclair, says: "Winning the Cawthorne Channel project was a first for CNS. It was our first turnkey project involving engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning and we are delighted that Shell has demonstrated their confidence in our ability by awarding us the Forcados Yokri project.

"Establishing ourselves as a player in the various subsea markets - oil and gas, telecommunications and renewables - has taken time but we have now delivered a number of key projects on time and within budget and are gaining a reputation for providing safe and highly effective subsea solutions to the oil and gas, renewable energy and telecommunications cable markets."