ENOC's Dragon Oil awards $100mn contract to Topaz

ENOC's Dragon Oil awards $100mn contract to Topaz
The contract is scheduled for a five year term with a two year option and brings Topaz’s market leading revenue backlog above $1.5bn.
Published: 10 August 2017 - 4:49 a.m.
By: Indrajit Sen

Offshore services provider Topaz Energy and Marine has announced winning a new $100mn contract with Dragon Oil, the upstream oil and gas subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).

Dubai Government-owned Dragon Oil’s principal asset is the Cheleken Contract Area, in the eastern section of the Caspian Sea, in offshore Turkmenistan.

Under the terms of the contract, Topaz will supply Dragon Oil Turkmenistan with six vessels, comprising five anchor-handlers and one Emergency Recovery and Response Vessel. The contract has already commenced with vessel mobilization and operation ramp-up under way.

The contract is scheduled for a five year term with a two year option and brings Topaz’s market leading revenue backlog above $1.5bn.

“This is a critical contract win for Topaz. It not only increases our revenue backlog above $1.5bn – the highest in the industry – but it also demonstrates the trust that Dragon Oil has placed in our ability to deliver the technology and safety capabilities our clients increasingly require,” René Kofod-Olsen, CEO of Topaz Energy and Marine, said of the contract win.

The contract award demonstrates Topaz’s ability to secure substantial, long-term contracts in a weak market by offering clients a young fleet equipped with the latest technology, aligning with its clients’ needs to deliver cost, efficiency and safety benefits.

“Our solid funding also means that we are able to structure long-term commercial terms which offer predictability and value to our clients at very low counterparty risk. We look forward to supporting the development of Turkmenistan’s offshore hydrocarbon resources through the provision of Topaz’s safe, reliable and competitive offshore vessel services,” Kofod-Olsen was quoted as saying in a press release.

Topaz has been active in Turkmenistan since 2010 and is committed to the country and the wider Caspian region. Out of a global fleet of 97 vessels, 62 of Topaz’s OSVs are deployed in the Caspian region, servicing the exploration, development and production needs of major companies such as BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Saipem in Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

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