Drydocks World has announced the world’s first Modular Capture Vessel (MCV), Eagle Texas has sailed from its yard. The conversion of the AFRA max tanker was carried out by Drydocks World – Dubai and was completed for Singapore based AET, a global leader in petroleum shipping, and is the first of two similar projects.
AET is under a 20-year agreement with Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) a consortium of 10 world-renowned companies comprised of Anadarko, Apache, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Hess, Shell and Statoil – all committed to safe deepwater drilling in the US Gulf of Mexico.
The MCVs will operate as normal tankers in the US Gulf of Mexico and would be deployed for containment services in the event of a deepwater well control incident in the region.
“We are delighted with the culmination of this first-of-a-kind project that contributes to the effective management of oil-wells and will contribute to enhanced industry containment capabilities by developing a significant component of the entire system.
We are also working with several of the leading industry players, who are members of Marine Well Containment Company, on ground-breaking projects and keeping-step with the know-how and emerging technologies in this field as we seek to enhance our involvement in projects such as these. We are aggressively targeting the global oil & gas and energy sectors as part of our business. Our emphasis on safety and efficient project management has helped in the delivery of this challenging project. This accomplishment represents four million man-hours of hard work, all completed without a single Lost Time Injury; this translates into a single person working without serious injury for nearly 2000 years. This is quite an exemplary achievement,” said H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World.
The amount of steel used for the project is 2530 tonnes with 19.68km of pipes and electrical cables of 292km also utilised. The MCV will have 700,000 barrels of liquid storage capacity, and can process, store and offload the liquids to shuttle tankers. Modular, adaptable process equipment installed on the MCV will connect to the riser assembly that directs the flow from the subsea components. The process equipment will separate the liquids from gas, safely store the liquids and flare the gas. Then the liquids will be offloaded to shuttle tankers which will transport the liquids to shore.
The work scope of the shipyard included installing components such as four retractable azimuth thrusters, one tunnel bow thruster, new machinery spaces, diesel generator sets and associated tanks, auxiliaries, switchboards, and electrical distribution equipment. The main engine was modified for CPP operation and a control system was added for dynamic positioning, power management and equipment monitoring. Structural support stools and foundations were added for the future installation of topsides processing modules, a turret, flare tower, communications equipment, control facilities and other miscellaneous equipment.
The ship’s systems were modified to provide services to topsides processing equipment, as well as hydraulic systems for the CPP, thrusters, cargo valve control and fire pumps. A new main deck central pipe rack was fabricated and piping was installed to support topsides processing equipment. The ship‘s living quarters were also upgraded to accommodate more than 65 persons. Mechanical completion, pre-commissioning, commissioning, testing and sea trials of the converted vessel were also carried out.