Riau Islands, 3 May 2019 – The project for Medco Energi, off Natuna Islands in the middle of South China Sea marks the maiden geotechnical campaign for Helms Geomarine Sdn Bhd (Helms) in Indonesia. Operating from a dedicated Indonesian-flagged geotechnical vessel, SV Patra Offshore, the crew performed borehole drilling for the purpose of exploration jackup rig entries. The project was executed in collaboration with PT Pageo Utama (Pageo) who performed the geophysical survey earlier prior to the arrival of SV Patra Offshore at site.
Extensive preparations had to be made due to the remoteness of the site including assigning a dedicated medic onboard, placing a rescue boat on standby, establishing emergency response plans unique to the area and a 200 percent supply of provisions, fuel, water and consumables.
During pre-mobilisation activities in Batam last month, the vessel had also undergone intense upgrading works including obtaining a RINA Class certification as Helms aims to meet the stringent oil & gas requirements of Medco Energi and other operators in the region especially in Indonesia. The RINA Class survey included stability and inclination analysis of the drilling rig structure together with the vessel design against various marine environment simulations.
Worth mentioning also are the upgrades carried out on the anchoring system including brand new 25-ton high speed anchor winches and brand new anchor wire payout & tension meters as well as a brand new water-maker system. These upgrades greatly boosts the vessel’s efficiency, reliability and endurance to undertake a continuous month-long fieldwork operation.
After a successful campaign with zero loss-time-injury (LTI), the geotechnical crew together with the on-site representatives from Medco Energi and the Government will be demobilising by Today and Tomorrow. The jackup rigs are expected to enter the site by the end of this month, in time with the submission of final reports inclusive of onshore laboratory test results on the collected soil samples.
Helms through its strategic partnership with Pageo looks to secure continuous work throughout Indonesia as well as plans for a second Indonesian-flagged geotechnical vessel to support the growing development of oil and gas exploration in the region.