Australia’s MMA Offshore has secured an extension to its contract providing drilling rig support services for the Inpex-operated Ichthys liquefied natural gas project in Australia.

Under the deal – one of a raft of recently secured awards – offshore vessel operator MMA will continue to deploy its platform supply vessel MMA Plover for a further two years on the Ichthys field off the northwest coast. The contract extension also carries options for further work on a well-by-well basis.


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MMA also recently won a three-year contract from OMV whereby its vessel MMA Vision will provide support duties for the Austrian operator’s Maui and Maari gas fields in the Taranaki basin offshore New Zealand.

The MMA Vision will be based in New Plymouth, New Zealand for the duration of the three-year contract that comes with two 12-month options.

The firm parts of these two contracts are worth a combined A$44 million (US$34 million) to MMA while they could be worth upwards of A$60 million if all options are exercised.

Offshore wind farm

The Australian company has also secured a contract to complete site investigation survey works for an offshore wind farm development in Taiwan.

MMA will utilise two third-party chartered vessels to undertake geophysical and visual surveys to understand elements such as seabed sand wave migration and local bathymetry data. The scope of work is currently expected to commence in July and conclude in September 2021.

Bespoke vessels

Inpex in June 2014 contracted MMA to construct, supply and operate two bespoke PSVs for the Ichthys project. The vessels are required to provide drilling, commissioning and operational production support for the duration of the project’s lifecycle. To support the project the PSVs needed to have significant chemical carrying capacity.

In conjunction with Australian Maritime Safety Authority, International Marine Organization and classification society DNV GL, MMA said it undertook a detailed design process to create a PSV design “unlike any other in the global offshore market”.

The resulting PSVs, MMA Brewster and MMA Plover, are the first two ships in Australia and two of three in the world constructed as per the International Bulk Chemical Code Chapter 2.

The vessels were also designed and classified as safety standby vessels – a first in Australian offshore production vessels. This allows dedicated space on board for the treatment of survivors, a two-person hospital facility and extra accommodation to accommodate persons if required.