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Marine solution provider Wärtsilä has won a contract to provide design and supply propulsors / positioning system for two new flexible pipe-laying vessels (PLVs).

The vessels will have a high pipe lay tension capacity of 550t and designed to offer fuel saving as well as catering to the needs ofefficient flexible pipe laying operations.

They will be used mainly for installation of umbilical and flexible flow lines and risers to connect subsea wells to floating production units in waters depth of more than 2,500m.

Wärtsilä Ship Design, Wärtsilä Ship Power vice-president Riku-Pekka Hagg said, “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. These ships will be a high profile representation of our capabilities in this area for oil and Gas companies operating in Brazilian waters,” Hagg said.

The pipe-laying vessels will be built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME ) shipyard in South Korea.

After construction the vessels will be owned and operated by a joint venture between France-based Technip and the Brazilian oil and gas company Odebrecht Oleo & Gas (OOG).

Following delivery the vessels will work on a long-term charter in Brazilian waters for Petrobras and the VS 4146 PLV design pipe laying vessels will be equipped to meet the requirement of owners and Petrobras.

In October, the company had secured a contract to supply the engines and propulsion equipment for six new ro-ro container vessels being built for the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (NSCSA ) .

The order included integrated solution package for each of the six ships includes Wärtsilä RT-flex58T engines, controllable pitch (CP) propellers, and the Wärtsilä Energopac system.

Delivery of the equipment for the first vessel is scheduled for May 2012, and the vessels are slated for delivery from the shipyard in 2013 and 2014.

Image caption: Wartsila is to provide design and propulsors / positioning system for a pair of VS 4146 PLV pipe-laying vessels being built at DSME shipyard. Image courtesy of Mahlum.