The authorised Cat dealer recently completed the commissioning of integrated power solutions for the first of two new offshore jack-up rigs building projects
Cat dealer Mohamed Abdulrahman Al-Bahar recently completed the commissioning of integrated power solutions for the first of the two new offshore jack-up rigs building projects executed by Lamprell, the UAE-based rig builder and provider of services to the international energy sector.
Lamprell turned to Al-Bahar for Cat generator sets after the company received a letter of intent from the International Maritime Industries (IMI) in December 2018 for the construction and delivery of two Jack Up drilling rigs, based on the proven LeTourneau Super 116E Self-elevating Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) design.
When the first order was formalised in January 2020, for Lamprell by IMI, Caterpillar and Al-Bahar were ready with the customised solution required for each rig. This included five Cat 3516C generator sets rated 1530ekw/2186kVA/60Hz/600V/0.7pf/3-phase/1200rpm, which will be used as a primary source of power. In addition to these five units, a single Cat 3512C generator set with a rating of 1310ekw/1637kVA/60Hz/480V/0.8pf/3-phase/1800rpm, was installed for emergency power.
In May 2020, Lamprell won an EPIC contract for a Sharjah gas and condensate field and, in February 2021, the firm won an EPCI contract for a project in the Marjan Field.
The primary challenge was the project timeline, which was demanding and coincided with the onset of the COVID pandemic, bringing in uncertainty and newer norms, the company said.
At present, the project status is said to be on the final lap. Installation, start-up, setting to work, and testing have already been completed on the first rig, and the second rig is being worked upon currently.
Commenting on the successful completion of the project, Mohamed El Kaddour, Vice President of Energy & Transportation – Al-Bahar, stated, “As one of the authorised Caterpillar dealers in the region, Mohamed Abdulrahman Al-Bahar is proud to be a trusted and valued partner to Lamprell in their rig building programs of offshore jack-up rigs. This mutually beneficial relationship has been nurtured ever since Lamprell built their first rig in 2008 and we hope will extend in the future.”
In June 2022, Zahid Tractor said it was delivering Cat power solutions for The Red Sea project.