Kencana Completes Pipe Lay-Barge Conversion for Australian Ops

Kencana Petroleum through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kencana HL Sdn Bhd, has recently completed the RM 32.2 million lay-barge conversion or fit-out work for McConnell Bovis (MCB) partnership. The project that took 5 months to complete, between June 2008 and December 2008, saw a plain flat-top barge being converted into a pipe lay-barge capable of laying pipe underwater up to 1,700 mm or 67" in outer diameter.

This is the second marine conversion job for Kencana Petroleum, the first one being the conversion of jackup rig into mobile offshore production unit (MOPU). The project is another milestone in the Company's growth strategy to further beef up its marine engineering business, which includes rig fabrication, refurbishment and conversion of marine assets as well as repair and maintenance. Kencana expects the contribution from this segment, including charter of drilling rigs will contribute significantly to Group turnover by 2011.

The completed barge boasts host of pipe laying facilities including two pipe transfer cars, firing line facilities, two 75-tonne pipe tensioners, winches as well as weld stations on-board. The 100.9 meter barge employs eight-point mooring system and it has 33.5 meter stinger with rollers for two firing lines. Other facilities include control room, workshops and first aid room on this ABS A1 class barge.

The lay-barge will be transported to its intended destination in Sydney, Australia using the heavy transport carrier, Dockwise's Black Marlin. The sailaway is scheduled on Jan. 29 and the journey will take approximately two weeks after the completion of sea-fastening works and all necessary safety inspections.