EBH Namibia docked and repaired jack-up oil rig in a company and country first

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Ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia recently secured the  contract to dock and repair the jack-up oil rig, Seawork 1 at the  newly-acquired Panamax floating dock in Walvis Bay. 

The project entailed the rig being lifted clear out of the water to facilitate repair work - a first for EBH Namibia. The company is able to  carry out this specialised work thanks to its investment last year in a new  Panamax-sized floating dock, which, at an impressive 195 meters long and a  15 000 ton rigging capacity, is suitable for a project of this size. 

"It is the first time in Namibia that such an oil rig has been lifted clear  out of the water for repair and maintenance. Itwas gratifying to see the new  floating dock being utilised for such a ground-breaking project, fulfilling  our vision of innovatively serving the international oil and gas market," 
says Hannes Uys, Chief Executive Officer of EBH Namibia. 

Seawork 1, which arrived in Walvis Bay on 20 February and docked a day later, belongs to Perenco, an independent oil and gas company with  operations in sixteen countries across the globe. The rig is currently  operational off the coast of Gabon. 

"We are pleased to have had access to a shipyard of such high standards as  EBH Namibia in Walvis Bay, and the strategic location of the facility on the  west coast of Africa was an important consideration in awarding the  contract," says Mr. Pierre Loiselet from Perenco. 

The jack-up rig is involved in work-over oil well interventions, one of the  most complex and challenging types of well works, according to Uys. Scope of  work included steelwork, piping, sandblasting and coatings, carpentry,  engine works and repairs to the rig's spud cans. 

"We are honoured that Perenco recognised our reputation for international  standards of workmanship, as well as our infrastructural capacity, and their  patronage is a huge vote of confidence in us. Projects such as this provide  a direct injection into the local economy and set the bar for future 
endeavours in the global offshore market," Uys concludes. 

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