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Ceona awarded first rigid pipelay project for Amazon vessel in Gulf of Mexico

Ceona, SURF contractor with heavy subsea construction capabilities, has secured a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the company's flagship field development vessel, the Ceona Amazon. This will be Ceona's first rigid pipelay project in the Gulf of Mexico for US independent oil & gas operator, Walter Oil & Gas Corporation.

The Ceona Amazon will be deployed for the Coelacanth Export Pipelines project with the scope of work encompassing the installation of an oil and a gas export line tying the new Coelacanth Platform into existing pipeline infrastructure. Each 10" line will be approximately 11 miles, totalling 22.6 miles. The pipelines will each be terminated by two pipeline end termination (PLETs) structures installed by the Amazon. All work will be undertaken in one single mobilisation.

Project management and engineering work has started in Ceona's Houston office with support from the corporate offices in London and Aberdeen.

Mark Preece, Ceona's executive VP, commercial and business development, says: 'We are extremely pleased that the Amazon has secured her first contract, with final vessel delivery on time and within budget. This will also be her first rigid pipelay project and we look forward to demonstrating the Amazon's capabilities in this area.'

Shipbuilding specialist Lloyd Werft successfully delivered the Ceona Amazon less than two years after the letter of intent for its construction was signed. Last month, the Amazon was equipped with her inclined multi-lay VLS with a top tension of 600te, and with two 400te Active Heave Compensated (AHC) masthead cranes able to work in tandem. The two 18m diameter wheels on the top tower and deck are also being installed. All deck installation work has been carried out at the Huisman yard in the Netherlands.

The Ceona Amazon will represent the second new vessel – after the Polar Onyx – that Ceona has brought to the market on time and budget. The Ceona Amazon is 199.4m long and 32.2m wide, drawing 8m with a gross tonnage of 33,000te. She is due to enter service in March 2015.