PSL Energy Completes First Excavation Project in India

PSL Energy Services Ltd has completed its first excavation project in the Asia Pacific region.

The company was commissioned by Transocean to carry out seabed excavation to remove mud and clay materials from around the spud cans on the jackup 'Transocean Nordic'.

The rig has been drilling at the location 150km offshore Calcutta, India, for approximately one year and was due to re-locate but at least one of the legs/spud cans had become 'stuck' in the mud.

PSL are recognized as one of the world's leading contractors in the field of remote seabed excavation and has undertaken more than 200 offshore excavation projects in water depths ranging from 5-2300 metres and soils ranging from sand to 400 kPa shear strength clay.

The Transocean Nordic contract, worth an estimated £330,000 ($600,000), represents PSL's first success in the excavation market in the Asia-Pacific region and the company are now looking to build on this initial contact win.

PSL's patented Jet Prop technology was used on the project. The Jet Prop is the original 'mass flow' seabed excavation tool and is particularly effective at excavating non-cohesive materials such as sand, backfill, gravel, sediment and rock-dump.

David Watts, PSL's Senior Project Manager Subsea, said: "We have an excellent reputation for our excavation work on major projects like Ormen Lange and we hope to roll out that experience and technical know-how across the Asia-Pacific region.

"The Transocean Nordic project is our first contract in this region but we are confident it can act as a catalyst to working with other major operators and contractor throughout Asia.

"We maintain a team of dedicated offshore team leaders with a huge experience of all different types of seabed excavation and this gives PSL an excellent competitive advantage in this market."

PSL Energy Services Ltd is based at Portlethen, Aberdeen, and has regional bases in Stavanger, Great Yarmouth, Houston, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Baku, employing more than 750 staff.

Its core activities are well services, process, pipeline and excavation services and inspection services and hydraulic work-overs.