Hayleys Energy Services Completes Landmark Oil Rig Offloading Project in Trincomalee Anchorage

Hayleys Energy Services, the pioneer in Oil and Gas support services in Sri Lanka, announced that it had successfully completed the offloading of the Semi-Submersible oil rig “Olinda Star” at the Trincomalee Port Anchorage recently. This deep-water rig is capable of drilling at water depths of up to 3,600 feet and has a drilling depth capacity of up to 24,600 feet.

Queiroz Galvao Oleo Gas S.A.’s (QGOG), the subsidiary of QGOG Constellation is a market leading provider of oil and gas drilling and FPSO services in Brazil, who is considered as one of the ten largest drilling companies globally, based on drilling rigs in operation. QGOG Constellation is equipped with a premium fleet of Oil Rigs with a proven track record and world class QHSE standards. The modern fleet of QGOG includes ultra- deepwater rigs, deepwater rigs, midwater rigs, onshore rigs and FPSOs. QGOG appointed Hayleys Energy Services as the exclusive service provider and Sri Lankan representative for the handling of the rig “Olinda Star” in Sri Lanka.

The rig was being dry towed from Rio, Brazil to Trincomalee Anchorage, Sri Lanka aboard “Dockwise Mighty Servant 1”, one of the world’s largest heavy lift carriers. The Trincomalee Port Anchorage was selected for its ideal conditions of stable and safe sea conditions for offloading/loading such large Oil Rigs with the much needed deep sea depths, sheltered-calm waters and swing radius. Upon completing a safe and incident free offloading of the Oil Rig ‘Olinda Star”, the rig was towed from Trincomalee Port, Sri Lanka to Kakinda, India by the lead towing Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel of Swire “Pacific Diligence” and supported by the AHT “Lady Sandra”.

QGOG had contracted Hayleys Energy Services to manage all aspects of this Rig Offloading project in Sri Lanka, where Hayleys Energy Services had to coordinate and handle the offloading of the rig “Olinda Star” in close liaison with the Deputy Harbour Master of Trincomalee Port and Port Officials throughout this complex and challenging operation.

The wide end-to- end service range provided by Hayleys Energy Services as a one-stop- shop, included providing three Tugs and Supply Vessels owned by Sri Lanka Shipping Company (the most recent acquisition of Hayleys Advantis Limited) namely; “Hercules”, “Mahawewa” and “Capricorn” for the offloading operation, supply of Bunker fuels, fenders, fresh water, stores, provisions, welding and unlashing/cutting of sea fastening, skilled workers, divers, crew changes, 02 dedicated passenger transfer boats to transfer passengers to and from the rig, domestic air transfers from Colombo to Trincomalee vice versa, onshore hospitality services including hotel accommodation, F&B Supplies, medical supplies, emergency response and standby services and overseeing the entire Sri Lankan offloading operation.

Mr. Chas Charles, Director and CEO of Hayleys Energy Services, says: “Our experts have handled complex rig moves around the world as a 100% Sri Lankan Company since its inception and it is indeed a noteworthy track record to see yet another safe and smooth rig offload carried out in Sri Lanka adhering to the industry safety standards and delivering timely results.”

“Our team’s knowledge and expertise in the Oil & Gas domain, clearly gives us a distinct edge over the rest in Sri Lanka and has today earned a renowned name for carrying out complex integrated Oil and Gas logistics services and projects with a 24/7 personal commitment to its International clientele. It is indeed a landmark moment for us at Hayleys Energy Services as the Pioneer in Oil & Gas Support Services in Sri Lanka to successfully conclude yet another incident free Rig offload meeting the client’s expectations. We would like to thank QGOG for placing their trust in us and also appreciate the assistance offered to the project by all stakeholders including the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Customs, Department of Immigration, Sri Lanka Navy and all other regulatory bodies,” said Ricky Barnett, General Manager of Hayleys Energy Services.

Ruwan Waidyaratne, Managing Director of Hayleys Advantis said, “I would like to commend the Hayleys Energy Services team on the completion of this monumental rig offloading project. This is yet another testament to the ingenuity and tireless efforts of our teams who continue to take on ever more complex projects and deliver beyond clients’ expectations time and time again.”

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 can cater to diverse logistics needs of its clientele. The company has provided logistics services for several projects in the Oil & Gas sector both locally and internationally including Shorebase/Supply Base Management services, seismic surveys, exploratory drilling, MetOcean Surveys, rig repairs, servicing, Duty Free Storage of Rigs, Rig Moves and Loading/Offloading Services, Draughting, Designing and Visualisations as well as the first ever repair and refurbishment of a workover oil rig carried out in Sri Lanka in September 2016.