Ceona, SURF contractor with heavy subsea construction capabilities, has been recently awarded two new contracts in Nigeria further underpinning the company’s rapidly-evolving footprint and track record in the region, along with its local strategic partner Marine Platforms Limited (MPL).

The contracts, which are worth a total of more than $30 million, will see Ceona providing vessels from its first-class fleet together with its installation expertise on the ENI NAE (Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited) ABO12 well completion, as well as supporting MPL on the Sea Eagle FPSO on behalf of SPDC (Shell Petroleum Development Company).

Engineering has already started on the ABO12 project with the full scope of work involving the installation of  flexibles, umbilicals and a PLEM suction pile system. Offshore work is planned for February 2015.

Mark Preece, Executive VP Commercial and Business Development at Ceona, said: “These contracts reinforce the high value, all-encompassing subsea construction service that Ceona is delivering to clients. It also demonstrates the strong strategic partnership we have developed with MPL in the country, and how it is supporting our growing geographical footprint across West Africa.”

Ceona is a SURF and heavy subsea construction contractor in the deepwater market, specialising in full-service engineering, pipelay and construction project management and execution, including floater installation (Semi, TLP, SPAR). With backing from majority shareholder Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Ceona is developing its fleet of state-of-the-art vessels. It has offices in London, Aberdeen and Houston, with partners in Brazil and West Africa.

Its flagship vessel, the Ceona Amazon, is a multi-functional vessel capable of operating in multiple pipelay (rigid/flexible pipe and umbilicals) and operational mode (heavy subsea construction). At 199m long, it is equipped for heavy lifting with two 400t deepwater cranes, and has capacity to carry more than 8,500t of rigid pipe. The Ceona Amazon is due to enter service early 2015. She will be christened on the 3rd of December 2014.

The Polar Onyx is a high-capacity new-built flexible pipelay and construction vessel designed to the highest standard for dynamic positioning, DP3 (Operations+), and equipped with a 250t AHC offshore crane and a 275t vertical lay system. Like the Ceona Amazon, it is capable of installing pipeline and umbilicals to water depths of 3,000m. She is chartered for 5 years from GC Rieber Shipping, with option for 5 additional years.

The Normand Pacific, built in 2010, is a DP3 offshore construction vessel equipped with a 200t knuckle boom crane. She has been chartered by Ceona for one year and fitted with a 75t vertical lay tower, a reel drive system and two new high-specification work class ROVs for deepwater flexible pipelay and subsea construction in deep and ultradeep waters.

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