Total has signed up Aker Solutions and its purpose-built
intervention vessel Skandi Aker for two years starting in the first quarter of
next year, with options for three further one-year periods.
When it was introduced in 2010, the Skandi Aker was the
first well service vessel of its kind capable of performing riser-based subsea
well intervention in deep and ultra-deep waters, previously the preserve of
drilling rigs on high day rates.
Well re-entry for testing operations or for interventions
using wireline, coil tubing and well stimulations will be carried out by the
Skandi Aker under the contract, as well as running and lifting subsea trees
with cable or work-over riser and the suspension or plugging and abandoning of
A similar vessel, the Skandi Santos, has been working for
Petrobras in Brazil on a five-year contract for the past two years.