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April 2011 - The IEV-SBSS alliance celebrated the successful completion of a RM15-million upstream project to lay and bury 31 km of power cable between two gas platforms, offshore Sabah. The scope of work called for the installation of 4-inch double wire armored submarine cable. IEV was also awarded additional scope to install six units of concrete mattresses for cable and pipeline protection. The SBSS CS Fu Hai DP2 vessel and her 55-strong crew were mobilized for the cable laying and post burial work.

The CS Fu-Hai began sailing to project location on 1 March 2011. The project team first performed rip-off diaphragm closure and debris survey. This was followed by cable lay operation and post-lay burial using ROV at depths of up to 1.5 meters. Concrete mattresses were placed along the cables to facilitate cross-laying of the power cables and protection from future pipelines. The project was successfully concluded upon receiving thumbs up from the operator appointed inspectors and the CS Fu-Hai was given the official off-hire on 5 April 2011.

With the successful completion of this project, IEV-SBSS alliance is now well positioned to provide complete diverless power cable burial projects to upstream oil and gas industry in the Asia Pacific region.

IEV entered a strategic alliance with SBSS to provide subsea pipeline cable laying technology as part of the Jacket and Pipeline Installation Solutions (JPIS) in the Asia Pacific region. The Fu Hai, a specialised cable laying vessel with capacity to perform diverless cable laying has completed over 20 subsea power cables laying projects to date.

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