Danish player Maersk Supply Service (MSS) has been awarded an integrated marine services contract by ExxonMobil for work in Angola.

ExxonMobil operates Block 15 whose Kizomba A and B complexes each host a pair of floating production storage and offloading vessels linked to tension-leg wellhead platforms.

MSS’s workscope covers project management, engineering and marine services in support of the development of offshore drilling and production operations.

The company's Maersk Forza subsea support vessel will perform offshore marine operations, including offshore field maintenance support, deep-water lifting using active heave compensation, and remotely operated vehicle operations for the installation of subsea and other marine equipment.

Maersk Forza — currently in Norway — is due to arrive in Angola in the third quarter of this year and the crews and project teams are currently being assembled in preparation, said the company.

According to VesselsValue marine tracking data, five Bourbon-owned vessels and an anchor handler are on duty around ExxonMobil's Kizomba A facilities, while a Maersk vessel is supporting operations on Kizomba B.

Commenting on the contract award, Osvaldo Sechie, managing director for Angola at MSS, said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to build on our positive relationship with Esso Angola.

“Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, we have continuously sought to provide the best service to (the supermajor) and we are glad to see these efforts affirmed by our client in this award.”

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