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Reef Subsea awarded ROV service contract for seabed gravity measurements by Statoil and AS Norske Shell on several Norwegian subsea fields

Reef Subsea today announced that its subsidiary company, Reef Subsea Norway, based in Bergen, has been awarded a ROV service contract for seabed gravity and subsidence monitoring on Statfjord, Mikkel and Ormen Lange subsea fields offshore Norway operated by Statoil and A/S Norske Shell. The 21 day contract has an option for 24 additional days.

Reef Subsea Norway (previously known as Technocean) will provide all onshore and offshore project management for the ROV part of the project. The company has mobilised Reef Subsea’s newly built dynamic positioning subsea construction vessel Reef Larissa, which will use her permanently installed Triton XLX Work-Class ROV systems, as the contract requires a large number of dives to complete the measurements on the seafloor.

The dives will take place in depths ranging from 145 to more than 1100mwd to measure seabed gravity and subsidence monitoring on all three fields from stations typically 2-4km apart. Seabed temperatures at Ormen Lange are between 0 and -1°C. The ROVs will deploy a special gravimeter instrument package with deployment arm on the seabed, which is provided by the company Gravitude AS.

Tim Sheehan, Chief Operating Officer of Reef Subsea, said: “We are delighted with this first contract with both Statoil and A/S Norske Shell for our new vessel Reef Larissa. Our fleet of DP subsea construction vessels is versatile and can handle a large range of subsea services. We will do our best to demonstrate Reef Subsea is a reliable and trustful partner.”

Duncan MacPherson, Managing Director of Reef Subsea Norway, added: “We are very proud to be working for both Statoil and A/S Norske Shell and to bring them the best services we can on this challenging project.”

Reef Subsea is an international group providing cost-effective integrated subsea services – IRM and construction, installation and burial and dredging and excavation – to the oil and gas and renewables industries. Its specialised subsidiaries provide operators and contractors with highly experienced personnel, key subsea technologies and construction support vessels. Reef Subsea serves its clients in the deep-water or demanding environments of the North Sea, Americas, Middle-East and South-East Asia areas. Reef Subsea is a 50/50 owned company of GC Rieber Shipping and HitecVision.

Learn more about Reef Subsea Norway on http://www.reefsubsea.com/Subsea-Construction-and-I.html

Source: Reef Subsea

Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical awarded contract for inter array power cable installation for the Lincs Offshore Wind Farm

Reef Subsea today announced that its subsidiary company, Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical Ltd., with offices in Stockton on Tees and Aberdeen, has been awarded a contract with Lincs Offshore Wind Limited, a joint venture between UK energy company Centrica, DONG Energy and Siemens Projects Ventures. The contract will see Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical install and bury 14 inter array cables for the Lincs wind farm.

Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical has been tasked with the installation and burial of 14 high-voltage power cables at Lincs Offshore Wind Farm located 8km off the Lincolnshire coastline. The wind farm will have a capacity of 270 MW and will transmit power to the National Grid substation in North Norfolk in 2012.

Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical will provide all onshore and offshore project management and engineering for this project, including all transpooling arrangements. During this project, Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical will utilise their MD3 Cable Plough, and installation spread will be deployed from the Maersk Assister.

In addition to winning this contract, Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical has also recently secured a major contract with Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Ltd, which is expected to be one of the largest wind farms in Europe, and ordered a Heavy Duty Cable Plough with the capability to bury cables and subsea umbilicals up to 200 mm outer diameter and 3 metre bending radius.

Tim Sheehan, Chief Operating Officer of Reef Subsea, said: “This contract with Lincs Offshore Wind Limited is an additional milestone for Reef Subsea, and strengthens our reputation as specialists in the Renewables sector. Our workscope confirms our expertise in offshore cable installation and burial, and we look forward to delivering this project to Lincs Offshore Wind Limited.”

Daryl Lynch, Managing Director of Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, added: “We are proud to be working on this project for Lincs Offshore Wind Limited, and will put all of our past experience to do a great job for our client. Between this and past success of contracts for other wind farm projects, including Gwynt y Môr, we look forward to building up our reputation as the best in our field.”

Reef Subsea is an international group providing cost-effective integrated subsea services – IRM and construction, installation and burial and dredging and excavation – to the oil and gas and renewables industries. Its specialised subsidiaries provide operators and contractors with highly experienced personnel, key subsea technologies and construction support vessels. Reef Subsea serves its clients in the deep-water or demanding environments of the North Sea, Americas, Middle-East and South-East Asia areas. Reef Subsea is a 50/50 owned company of GC Rieber Shipping and HitecVision.

Learn more about Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical on http://www.reefsubsea.com/InstallationAndTrenching.html

Source: Reef Subsea

Reef Subsea expands capabilities with ordering of advanced new heavy duty trenching equipment

Reef Subsea announced today that its subsidiary company, Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, has placed an order for a Heavy Duty Cable Plough, which will expand the company’s capabilities and position it as a true leading contractor in subsea trenching and cable installation.

Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, based in the North-east of England with offices in Aberdeen, has recently placed the order for the new plough with subsea equipment manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD), to be delivered in late 2012. This acquisition will position Reef Subsea at the forefront of trenching technology to assist its clients in the oil and gas, renewables, power and telecommunications sectors.

The plough will accommodate cables and subsea umbilicals up to 200 mm outer diameter and 3 metre bending radius. It will also have strong tow force, with power to pull up to 150 tonnes. It will be equipped with subsea loading and unloading capabilities, and will have a unique feature allowing it to cut a trench at shallow trench depths (~1 to 1.5m) or at deep trench depths (2.4m) with minimal risk to the product compared to a conventional plough. It is well suited to consolidated soils, including stiff clays.

In addition, Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical had already placed an order in 2011 for a Q1000 Jet Trencher, which is due to be delivered end of September. The trencher optimises trenching performance for a large variety of products and sizes, and will result in trench depths up to 3 metres. It will be configured to operate in water depths of up to 2,000 metres, in unconsolidated soils and clays up to 125 kPa. The trencher will be equipped with high-function jetting power, as well as two high-pressure, high-flow pumps with complete control over water flow, and dedicated launch and recovery systems (LARS).

Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical specialises in subsea installation, burial and trenching services. The company has recently been involved in two of the world’s largest wind farm developments offshore of the UK, Thanet and Greater Gabbard. In July of this year, the company was awarded a £40m contract with Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm Limited, to install and bury all the inter-array cables for the farm, which is expected to be the largest in Europe.

Tim Sheehan, Reef Subsea Chief Operating Officer, said: “These latest acquisitions to Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical places the Group at the top of its sector, and the new trenching system will allow it to answer the needs of clients in a large range of soil conditions. These technologies, coupled with those of Reef Subsea Dredging & Excavation, which is positioned at the forefront of seabed dredging & excavation business, place Reef Subsea Group as a leading seabed contractor.”

Daryl Lynch, Managing Director of Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, said: “Gaining these new assets is sure to place Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical at the head of subsea installation & trenching sectors. The company has already built up a sterling reputation with its work on high-profile wind farms, such as Thanet, Greater Gabbard and Lincs, plus the recent award of Gwynt y Mor project in 2013. With the introduction of the new plough and the jet trencher, we are well prepared to handle forthcoming wind farm and oil & gas developments in the UK, as well as in European and Nordic waters.”

Reef Subsea is an international group providing cost-effective integrated subsea services – IRM and construction, installation and burial and dredging and excavation – to the oil and gas and renewables industries. Its specialised subsidiaries provide operators and contractors with highly experienced personnel, key subsea technologies and construction support vessels. Reef Subsea serves its clients in the deep-water or demanding environments of the North Sea, Americas, Middle East and South-East Asia areas. Reef Subsea is a 50/50 owned company of GC Rieber Shipping and HitecVision.

To know more about Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, please browse our website: http://www.reefsubsea.com/InstallationAndTrenching.html

Source: Reef Subsea

Reef Subsea rebrands all its companies in Norway and extends geographical footprint to improve service to clients

Reef Subsea announced today that it is set to fully rebrand and align its companies in Norway – namely Technocean and Scanmudring-Rotech Subsea – to position itself as a dynamic and integrated contractor in the subsea market. Coupled with an extension of its geographical footprint, the Group is well positioned to serve its clients with specialised services under one company name. The move ensures Reef Subsea provides its turnkey subsea services – mainly IRM & Subsea Construction, Installation & Trenching, and Dredging & Excavation services – with increased capabilities to listen to and serve its clients as a fully integrated subsea contractor.

Technocean AS, headquartered in Bergen, is now rebranded Reef Subsea Norway AS. The latter has been providing a diverse range of staff and marine services up to light subsea construction projects for major operators and contractors over the last 15 years. Reef Subsea Norway with a new, international management team will concentrate on providing packaged IRM and subsea construction support services as well as operations support over the life of field services. Its engineering and project management is also being significantly reinforced.

Reef Subsea Norway is also extending its operational footprint out of the Norwegian continental shelf to the other side of the North Sea, with Reef Subsea UK Ltd based in Aberdeen. Offering the same services as Reef Subsea Norway, and united under a common management team, Reef Subsea UK will improve the understanding of international clients’ needs and be closer to customers in the UK. Both companies are planning to develop out of the North Sea towards Denmark, Holland, the Baltic region, and further to West Africa, the Mediterranean and Brazil.

Scanmudring-Rotech Subsea, which specialises in dredging and controlled flow excavation services since the acquisition of Rotech Subsea by Reef Subsea last November, will now trade under the Reef Subsea Dredging and Excavation name (1). The new group has companies in Mandal (Norway), Aberdeen (UK), St John’s (Canada), Houston (USA) and Singapore and operates the world’s largest range of equipment ranging from precision dredging to controlled flow excavation.

Reef Subsea Dredging and Excavation is now a global company with unmatched assets capabilities and skills in seabed dredging and excavation services. Its clients include oil and gas companies, as well as main contractors sub-contracting these tasks to specialised contractors. Reef Subsea Dredging and Excavation works independently from Reef Subsea companies and offers the same cost-based solutions to all its clients, whether they are from Reef Subsea Group or not.

Tim Sheehan, Reef Subsea Chief Operating Officer, said: “Our decision to rebrand our companies was taken last winter as a consequence of the acquisition of Rotech Subsea, and of a new strategic orientation we wanted for Technocean. We have now all our activities branded under the same name and values. This also includes Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, our installation and trenching business, which has successfully developed since 2011. We are delighted to offer now our clients clear and consistent integrated services all under the same company name.”

Duncan MacPherson, Managing Director of Reef Subsea Norway, said: “It is an important milestone for the company. Our strategic vision is fully supported by the Group and all our employees are associated to the past and recent successes. The rebranding and geographical extension of our activities gives us all a fresh start, and we look forward to improving the service to our clients from both sides of the North Sea under a common management.”

Niels-Henrik Brodtkorb, Managing Director of Reef Subsea Dredging and Excavation, commented: “Joining Reef Subsea and integrating all our businesses is a big achievement for us. Bringing our dredging and excavation services under a single name worldwide will enforce our visibility, strengthen the message we send to our clients – operators and contractors – and globally improve the service we offer them. We have strong and successful regional management teams who are delighted to join the new brand system and keen to offer their clients integrated, field-proven and safe solutions for their dredging and excavation projects.”

Reef Subsea is an international group providing cost-effective integrated subsea services – IRM and construction, installation and burial and dredging and excavation – to the oil and gas and renewables industries. Its specialised subsidiaries provide operators and contractors with highly experienced personnel, key subsea technologies and construction support vessels. Reef Subsea serves its clients in the deep-water or demanding environments of the North Sea, Americas, Middle-East and South-East Asia areas. Reef Subsea is a 50/50 owned company of GC Rieber Shipping and HitecVision.

To know more about current opportunities, please browse our website: www.reefsubsea.com

1: Existing legal company’s names Scanmudring and Rotech Subsea will be kept operational up to 2013.

Source: Reef Subsea

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