Punj Lloyd launches pipelay barge for offshore
Punj Lloyd, the engineering and construction conglomerate, has launched its new pipelay barge Kuber which is capable of laying pipelines in water depths of 150 meter.
PK Gupta, Director, Punj Lloyd Group, said: “Kuber will add a new dimension to Punj Lloyd’s offshore business. It is a vessel capable of pipelaying in the Western Offshore Oilfields of India including the famous Mumbai High oilfields of ONGC. Induction of Kuber would increase the ‘Indian’ content for offshore pipelay work, which is so far dependent on foreign pipelay vessels and their workforce.”
Besides India, Kuber is capable of operating in the oil and gas fields of Asia Pacific and Middle East. The company said it can mobile the vessel to meet requirements for offshore pipeline projects anywhere in the world.
It has the capability to work at sea for extended periods. Kuber is provided with navigation systems, including DGPS, wind speed and direction indicators, underwater camera, draught sensor & SAT diving systems, the company said.
With a large free deck with a load capacity of 12.5T/m2, Kuber has a unique ‘Stinger’ with inbuilt heave compensation, indigenously designed by Punj Lloyd’s naval architect.
Apart from pipe handling, mooring equipment, pipe tensioning and recovery systems, Kuber has a helipad and a ‘Huisman’ pedestal crane. Punj Lloyd said the vessel can also be leased to other offshore contractors, both domestic and international, in view of the severe crunch for offshore pipelay equipment.
With the addition of Kuber, its fourth barge, the company has one of the most sophisticated flotilla of barges needed for offshore EPC business.