Australia’s Vryhof said its two units won contracts to provide full-scale mooring and anchoring services to Cooper Energy.
Vryhof also won contracts in Cooper’s main target drilling area - offshore Victoria, Australia - for the first time, the company said in a statement.
The contract will result in full-scale engineering, pre-lay mooring design and analysis from Deep Sea Mooring that will be provided to Diamond Offshore’s semi-submersible drilling unit - the Ocean Monarch.
Additionally, Vryhof Anchors’ expertise and geotechnical skills will also assist Cooper with the correct anchor selection for each offshore location. Local back deck services and marine representation will also be provided.
The Ocean Monarch forms part of a 10-well drilling campaign for Cooper Energy in the Otway and Gippsland Basins. The campaign will take place between January and August 2018.
“Our turnkey offerings and technologies, our track record in Australia, and the expertise of our team in planning marine operations were pivotal to this contract award – our first with Cooper Energy and our first in this exciting exploration area - offshore Victoria,” said Barry Silver, managing director, Asia Pacific for Deep Sea Mooring.
He continues: “We see this as a milestone contract in our development and look forward to a long-term relationship with Cooper. We are also confident that this will provide us with a crucial platform for opening up our products and services across the Tasman Sea in another key target region - New Zealand.”
Deep Sea Mooring and Vryhof Anchors’ equipment and anchor handling vessels will be coordinated and based out of Karratha, West Australia and at Port Melbourne. The Ocean Monarch semi-submersible is managed by Diamond Offshore Drilling. The rig can operate in water depths of up to 10,000 feet and drilling depth of 35,000 feet.