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Hayleys Energy Services and Hambantota International Port Group usher in the Largest Oil Field Production Asset to Call Sri Lanka

Hayleys Energy Services (HES), the pioneer in Oil & Gas support services in Sri Lanka, yesterday ushered in the first floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) asset to ever call Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG). The FPSO asset – Dhirubhai-1, is expected to be docked at the Hambantota International Port for a minimum of six months for a warm lay-up.

The owners of Dhirubhai-1, Aker Contracting FP ASA together with its technical manager Aker Floating Production based out of Norway, focuses on the business of owning, chartering and operating Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels equipped for offshore Oil & Gas production.

The arrival of Dhirubhai-1, marks the second vessel to call on the Port of Hambantota for lay-up services, the first being the arrival of the Oil & Gas Drillship “Aban Abraham” in December 2018 initiated by Hayleys Energy Services.

“Sri Lanka has many remarkable facets to offer the world and we are pleased to see the potential of Sri Lanka, being showcased through projects of this nature. One of the largest and most valuable assets in the Oil & Gas industry being brought in for lay-up services to the Hambantota Port sends a clear message to the world about the quality of the services that we as Sri Lankans can offer,” said Ruwan Waidyaratne, Managing Director – Hayleys Advantis Limited. He went on to say “The Hambantota International Port Group was a key factor in attracting this FPSO asset to Sri Lanka, by offering a long-term quayside berth. This enabled Hayleys Energy Services to attract Aker to Sri Lanka, moving this project away from traditional lay-up locations in the region.”

Dhirubhai-1 comes out of a 10 year project, where it was operating at a depth of 1200m off the East Coast of India. Given the proximity advantage of bringing this vessel for lay-up services at the Hambantota International Port, HES took initiative in persuading the owners, Aker Floating Production. In light of the continuing lay-up service projects coming into the Port of Hambantota, Hayleys Energy Services has even set up a permanent office within the Port, on the 6th Floor of the Sayurupaya Building, Hambantota International Port, the first by an Oil & Gas Services company at this port.

Commenting on the arrival of the FPSO asset, Ray Ren, Chief Executive Officer – Hambantota International Port Group said, This is a great endorsement for the Hambantota International Port.  We appreciate the efforts of our partner Hayleys Energy Services, in joining us to market Hambantota International Port as a multipurpose port which is now moving from Ro-Ro operations to multiple other services, with a clear vision of becoming the energy hub of the region. The 6 month warm layup of Dhirubhai-1 showcases the port’s potential and the expertise of our team. We look forward to continuing to work with Hayleys Energy Services in the future.”

Meanwhile, Chas Charles, Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Hayleys Energy Services said, “This bodes well for the Government plans of calling for a licensing round for exploration and development work of the remaining blocks of the Mannar and Cauvery basins planned for next year. Setting up an Oil & Gas service hub, with experienced personnel well ahead of the first licensing round, will help build the relevant technical expertise to service the global Oil & Gas companies, making Sri Lanka an even more attractive location for them.”

 The FPSO Dhirubhai-1, was converted from a Suezmax tanker to a FPSO in 2008 equipped for offshore Oil & Gas production and has an Oil storage capacity of 1.3 million barrels, accommodation capacity of 104 beds, length overall (LOA) 290.37m and breath of 51m, making it the largest vessel to sail into the Hambantota Port for lay-up services. During its six month stay at the Port of Hambantota, Hayleys Energy Services with the support of other subsidiary companies of the Hayleys Advantis Group will offer lay-up support, vessel preservation, husbandry, bunkering, crew management and several other marine services for Dhirubhai-1.

Commenting on this latest lay-up service project, Ricky Barnett, General Manager – Hayleys Energy Services said, “I’m proud to be a part of yet another industry first in the Sri Lankan Marine and Oil & Gas Industries pioneered by the dynamic team of Hayleys Energy Services, which will help position and market Sri Lanka as a key destination for safe, competitive and convenient vessel lay-ups. We must thank the team at HIPG and HIPS for their dedication and support extended for this project. We were also supported by the Sri Lanka Immigration & Emigration team led by Mr. Jayantha Ratnayake – Assistant Controller-Ports, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), Sri Lanka Customs, Sri Lanka Navy and many other Government institutions in securing this lay-up service project, whilst competing with several other experienced lay-up markets in the region.”

Hayleys Energy Services is a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Limited, the transportation and logistics arm of Hayleys PLC. Through the wider logistics offering of Hayleys Advantis Limited, the Group caters to diverse logistics needs of its clientele. The company has provided logistics & support services for several projects in the Oil & Gas sector both locally and internationally including supply base management services, seismic and metocean surveys, exploratory drilling, rig repairs & servicing, duty free storage of drill rigs & transportation, and loading, offloading, towing and lay-up services for Oil & Gas rigs and marine assets.