Wärtsilä Lands Design Contract for State-of-the-Art PLV’s for Brazil Market

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December 22, 2011

Wärtsilä announced today that it has won a key contract in Brazil to supply the design and propulsion and positioning systems for a series of two new flexible pipe laying vessels (PLVs).  The vessels will be built at DSME in Korea and were ordered by a joint venture between Technip and the Brazilian oil & gas company, Odebrecht Óleo & Gás (OOG). Once completed, the vessels will work on a long-term charter in Brazilian waters for Petrobras.

Wärtsilä says the contract represents a major breakthrough for Wärtsilä Ship Design in Brazil as well as their ongoing relationship with one of the world’s major shipyards, DSME.

“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.”

The new VS 4146 PLV design has been tailored to the stringent requirements of both the owners and Petrobras. The vessels, which have a high 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 utilized mainly to install umbilical and flexible flow lines and risers to connect sub-sea wells to floating production units in waters more than 2,500 meters deep.

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