With a dedicated focus on the preparation, installation and protection of offshore oil and gas infrastructure, we deliver complete packages for offshore and EPC contracting services. Van Oord offers maximum value for our clients’ investments by minimising interface risks, while adhering to the very highest principles of quality and safety.
By providing innovative and integrated solutions, highly qualified staff and alternative contract approaches such as alliancing and partnering, we have firmly established our name as a versatile and reliable contractor in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Today we are in demand by a wealth of renowned national and international oil and gas operators, offshore contractors, consultants and other private clients worldwide.
The extensive range of offshore services we offer includes:
- Subsea Rock Installation
- Pipeline Shore Approaches
- Shallow Water Pipeline Installation
- Offshore Dredging, Trenching and Backfilling
- SPM (Single Point Mooring) Installation
- GBS (Gravity Based Structure) Installation
Subsea Rock Installation
Our high-precision Subsea Rock Installation (SRI) activities are vital for the stabilisation and protection of offshore pipelines, cables and other installations such as GBSs (Gravity Based Structures) and offshore wind farm foundations.
As a market leader in this industry, with more than four decades of experience, our large and modern fleet of DP flexible fallpipe vessels and side stone dumping vessels enables us to provide pre-pipelay and post-pipelay rock installation (e.g. for freespan or upheaval buckling mitigation), scour protection, seabed improvement and ballasting services for offshore structures in water depths of up to 1,500 metres.
In addition to the North Sea region, where we have been executing numerous high-profile projects such as Ormen Lange, our SRI market is becoming more and more global in nature, with projects in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, the Russian Federation and Australia.
Pipeline Shore Approaches
In designing and constructing the landfall area, where oil and gas pipelines approach the shore, a vast array of specialised equipment and activities are necessary. Especially as it relates to the nearshore area, Van Oord has developed a one-stop-shop concept, whereby we combine all the services we deliver into one complete package.
We benefit from a large variety of fit-for-purpose equipment that includes linear winches, multi-purpose construction vessels, dredging equipment and a Shallow Water Pipe Lay barge. This allows us to provide specialist services such as trenching and backfilling, pulling and laying of shallow water pipelines, site preparation, site re-instatement and landfall construction.
Our capabilities in providing one complete package for shore approaches enable us to work as a (EPC) Main Contractor in the nearshore area, managing all interfaces and providing optimum solutions for any project in shallow water.
As an experienced contractor in the nearshore area, we have executed many challenging, complex projects such as the Russian landfall for the Nord Stream pipeline, several shore approaches on Sakhalin Island (Russian Far East), the Middle East, Australia and Europe.
Shallow Water Pipeline Installation
With the addition of the Shallow Water Pipe Lay barge Stingray, Van Oord is able to offer a diverse range of (EPC) solutions for the installation and replacement of offshore pipelines of up to 60 inches in diameter in shallow water. Our working methods are suitable for the pulling and installation of pipelines from the shore (bottom pull), pulling works to the shore and offshore installation (pipe lay) and the installation of pipelines from an offshore vessel (float and sink). If no existing method covers the client’s requirements, we provide suitable, tailor-made solutions.
Our techniques are aimed at providing optimum work methods that suit the project and specific local conditions. At the same time, Van Oord can deliver all associated activities in the nearshore area. Our installation solutions are wide-ranging: oil and gas pipeline shore approaches, water and sewage pipelines and outfalls, and pipeline crossings.
Notably in the United Kingdom, we have gained extensive experience in this field such as the Goldeneye project. Additionally, the IJsselmeer Lake crossing in the Netherlands, several projects in Singapore and the United Arab Emirates are also included in our track record.
Offshore Dredging, Trenching and Backfilling
Our roots as a dredging company give us a leading edge when it comes to the application of dredging techniques in the oil and gas industry.
For offshore pipelines, platforms or subsea installations, we are specialised in seabed intervention, benefiting from a large fleet of trailing suction hopper dredgers that can reach water depths of more than 100 metres. These vessels are also suitable to be equipped with specialist tools such as Mass Flow Excavation devices or ripper heads, designed for creating trenches in hard soils.
Our hoppers are therefore exceptionally adapted to the execution of challenging projects such as the Baydaratskaya Bay Crossing trenching and backfilling project in Northern Russia and various engagements near Sakhalin Island and on the East Coast of Canada. For dredging assignments in greater depths, or when unique local conditions disallow the use of our conventional dredging equipment, we closely co-operate with suppliers of specialist tools to jointly address these challenges.
Besides our hoppers, we have a wide range of cutter suction dredgers, backhoe dredgers and auxiliary equipment, which enables us to provide the most effective combination of excavation and backfilling methods. We are continuously striving to enhance our techniques to be able to offer the optimal solution for every project.
Our track record and reputation are rapidly expanding in the area of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts. This underscores our capabilities to manage and execute, in one complete package, highly complex projects that include detailed design and verification, procurement of materials and services, installation and (pre-)commissioning services.
In the Single Point Mooring (SPM) installation market, Van Oord’s credentials in EPC projects have been thoroughly validated with the recent execution of several prestigious projects such as the Midia Marine Terminal in Romania and the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline (ADCOP) SPMs and subsea pipelines in the United Arab Emirates.
We offer an extensive range of specialised services that help to distinguish Van Oord as the premier one-stop-shop EPC contractor for SPM installation projects around the world. These are delivered in one complete package, with the unwavering goal of offering our clients value-added services and an innovative, reliable approach to achieving their desired outcomes, all the while aiming to achieve the perfect balance between capital and operational expenditures.
As one of the very few offshore contractors in the world, Van Oord has been involved, and remains involved, in numerous prestigious projects that encompass the full scope of towing and installation of Gravity Based Structures (GBSs), which may also include dredging, soil improvement, ballasting and scour protection.
Despite the limited number of GBS installations globally, we consider the fulfilment of these projects to be one of our core activities. They demand the perfect combination of the unique requirements for versatile resources, both in staff and equipment, and the specialist skills to manage complex projects that comprise a great number of critical interfaces.
We have established a comprehensive and commendable track record that includes projects near Sakhalin Island (Installation of Molikpaq), the East Coast of Canada and The Philippines (Installation of Malampaya CGS).
Please also refer to the news item about our latest GBS installation project in Russia.
Quality, Health, Safety and Environment
We have accorded Quality Health, Safety and the Environment (QHSE) as the highest priority within Van Oord Offshore.
We believe that QHSE issues affect all levels of our organisation and can be affected by all levels of our organisation. Our pro-actively approach therefore is to encourage an active awareness and behaviour of QHSE, to create a 'safety culture' to work safe together whilst providing services that meet our Clients requirements.
We consider QHSE within Van Oord Offshore not only as 'top - down', but also as 'bottom - up'. Our people active in the field are often best placed to identify measures to further enhance the QHSE management, practices and equipment and are encouraged to share their concerns and suggestions.
To summarize; we are committed to QHSE as a living priority within Van Oord Offshore and we have a continuous drive to:
- improve our behaviour to safety, since everyone within our organisation is responsible for his/her own safety and for that of his/her colleagues and is responsible for the environment.
- eliminate hazards (and therefore the risks) at source.
- prevent access to hazards and minimise risks that cannot be eliminated.
- encourage the use of protective measures and equipment where these are needed.
- improve our processes to be efficient, effective and safe as possible.
Our management ambition and commitment towards QHSE are reflected in the Van Oord Offshore QHSE policy.
Please also refer to the QHSE section for additional information.