Offshore Solutions expand OAS operations in Qatar

offshore-osbvThe latest addition was to support Shell Qatar's Wells Reservoir Management campaign. (Image source: Mike Baird/sxc.hu)Offshore Solutions BV (OSBV), a joint venture between AMEC and Cofely Nederland NV, has been awarded a Variation Order (VO) to its existing contract with Shell Qatar for a second Offshore Access System (OAS)

The latest contract addition will offer support to Shell Qatar's Wells Reservoir Management campaign and will lead to an OAS unit being deployed on the Halul 50 multi purpose offshore vessel for a period of seven months with a possible option to extend.

The VO was an add-on to a three-year agreement with Shell Qatar to service Pearl 1 and 2 platforms of the Pearl GTL project, a gas-to-liquids plant, also a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Shell.

OSBV has been operating in Qatar since 2010 and has seen growing demand for the OAS. In line with increased enquiries, OSBV would have an additional unit available in June 2013.

Lindsay Young, managing director of OSBV, said, "We are in serious discussions with other operators in Qatar and see further potential growth in the region during 2013.

"An OAS equipped vessel provides safe and cost-effective offshore accommodation that during the winter months in Qatar, offers significantly greater access to offshore installations than by crew vessels or helicopters.

"The additional offshore man-hours made available by marine access can have a positive impact on production and radically reduce construction and maintenance costs," Young added.

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