Dome, a Prumo Logística-GranIHC joint venture, will warm stack the West Carina, Seadrill’s drillship, in the Port of Açu, in Northern Rio de Janeiro state. The rig docked at Terminal 1 in late July and will stay at the port for an extendable period of about 90 days.
Dome also provides logistics, integrity, repair and maintenance services to the unit’s topside in an integrated manner. Seadrill is the first company to warm stack a drillship docked in Brazil.
“Given the end of West Carina’s contract after three years of work with Petrobras in the Libra field, we were looking for locations to keep the rig warm stacked in Brazil, as an alternative to traditional locations such as Namibia and Tenerife. Having the West Carina in Brazil, we gain competitiveness in shorter-term opportunities and can keep a close eye on improvements planned for the drillship. The partnership signed with Dome paves the way for the development in Brazil of a viable location for maintenance work on rigs between contracts, and that in turn produces indirect benefits for operators, in addition to creating jobs, revenues, and expertise for the country,” said Marcel Wieggers, Seadrill Country Manager in Brazil.
Vinicius Patel, CEO of Dome, noted that the partnership reinforces the company’s key goals. “Dome was created to contribute to efficiency gains among our customers, optimizing costs and eliminating bottlenecks. We are a one-stop-shop that offers customized services according to each customer’s needs. This is exactly what we did in our partnership with Seadrill: we made the best alternative possible, with the best benefits,” added the executive.
He pointed out that Terminal 1’s depth (20.5 meters) allowed the rig to dock without the need to remove propellers, resulting in substantial savings for the customer.