DSME’s Brazilian PLVs to Wärtsilä design

22 Dec 2011
Rendering of the Wärtsilä-designed pipelay vessels to be built at DSME for service in Brazil

Rendering of the Wärtsilä-designed pipelay vessels to be built at DSME for service in Brazil

Wärtsilä says it has been contracted to supply ship design and propulsors/positioning system for a series of two new flexible pipe laying vessels to be built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea.

Wärtsilä Ship Design in Brazil believes this contract to be a major breakthrough for the company. The new VS 4146 PLV design has been tailored to the stringent requirements of the owners - a joint venture formed between France-based energy industry company, Technip and the Brazilian oil and gas industry company, Odebrecht Óleo & Gás (OOG).and Petrobras, to which the vessels will be long term chartered. The vessels, with pipe lay tension capacity of 550 tonnes, are designed to achieve optimal fuel consumption in the design conditions, and to meet the need for efficient flexible pipe laying operations. They will be utilised mainly to install umbilical and flexible flow lines and risers to connect sub-sea wells to floating production units in waters more than 2,500m deep.

"The selection of Wärtsilä Ship Design for this important and challenging project reflects our strong global track record in designing state-of-the-art pipe laying vessels," says Riku-Pekka Hägg, vice president ship design, Wärtsilä Ship Power. "These ships will be a high profile representation of our capabilities in this area for oil and gas companies operating in Brazilian waters."

DSME, Technip, and OOG are all existing customers of Wärtsilä, having earlier ordered equipment and/or design services for numerous new build projects.

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