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in oil and gas, renewables and energy supply markets,” says Pekka Paasivaara, Member of the Executive Board of Germanischer Lloyd.
A New Dimension of Services
Germanischer Lloyd, headquartered in Hamburg, Ger- many, and Noble Denton, headquartered in London, UK, have followed similar growth strategies. Both organiza- tions have recently conducted a number of acquisitions to complement their areas of expertise. Acquisitions by GL include the UK-based Advantica Group, Canada and US-based PV Inspection, Montreal-based Helimax, Kuala Lumpur-based Trident Consultants, US-based Materials Consulting Services, International Refinery Services in Singapore (see page 18) and the companies FriendShip Consulting and FriendShip Systems in Potsdam, Germany (see page 15). Noble Denton has strengthened its portfo- lio by acquiring Martech Unlimited, BOMEL Consultants, Intelligent Decisions, Poseidon Maritime Ltd., Lowe Off- shore International Inc., Standard Engineering and Brevik Engineering.
“With Noble Denton’s expert knowledge in assurance and consulting as well as project management and transporta- tion and installation services relating to offshore assets, we will enter a new dimension of services and expertise for the marine, offshore oil and gas industry. We will be the full ser- vice provider for the entire life cycle of oil and gas installa- tions,” says Pekka Paasivaara.
Common Values, Common Goals
Both companies serve clients from oil and gas companies, contractors, shipyards, shipowners, consultants, designers and financial institutions across the marine and energy industries. The joint workforce will amount to more than 6,400 employees in 80 countries.
“Noble Denton is excited to be merging with GL. We share the same values of safety, integrity and technical excellence. This partnership brings benefits to our clients and employ- ees alike. We are now able to provide to our clients an even more comprehensive service offering, with access to a greater number of technical experts and this will enable us to enter developing markets,” explains John Wishart, Group Manag- ing Director of Noble Denton. Comprehensive expertise on a global scale: having joined forces, the two companies are
now in a perfect position to face future challenges.
With a long-established presence in all major oil and gas markets worldwide, Noble Denton is a world-class provider of life-cycle marine and offshore engineering services to the en- ergy industries. The company’s existing highly-skilled, dynamic workforce of around 900 employees worldwide combines practical seafaring skills and high-end analytical engineering expertise.
Delivering innovative solutions to complex problems with integrity and technical excellence, Noble Denton has been involved as a marine advisor and/or warranty surveyor in reaching most of the major milestones of the offshore industry and continues to lead the way in the development of industry- standard marine operations guidelines.
TWO EXAMPLES: CURRENT PROJECTS OF NOBLE DENTON
Major Vessel Design Contract
Last August, Noble Denton won a major contract to carry out detailed design work for a new elevated support vessel. The deal with Gulf Marine Services in Abu Dhabi involves the preparation of a design package and license for a multi-purpose self-propelled jack-up vessel, the Gusto MSC NG-2500X. The engineering work will be performed by the company’s subsidiary ODL from its Sharjah base, and work on the primary structure is already underway. The contract is a contributing factor in Noble Denton’s expansion in Sharjah where employee numbers will increase to 100 this year.
The NG-2500X is designed to perform field moves and jacking operations without tug assistance. The current design is intended for well services, repair and maintenance, installa- tion and decommissioning projects. It provides accommodation for 150 personnel, is equipped with a 280-tonne crane and can operate in 200 feet of water. The unit will be built according to the requirements of the Panamanian flag and will conform fully with North Sea specifications. “There are insufficient lift boats of this quality in the market,” said Reuben Segal, Noble Denton’s Global Design & Construction Director. “Its unique design allows the vessel to operate in benign regions as well as limited areas of the North Sea, and its DP-2 class positioning system will permit a smooth approach to offshore platforms.”
MEGA DEAL. Noble Denton supports the Thanet offshore wind park.
Largest Ever Contract
In September, Noble Denton secured its largest contract to date. The order from Thanet Offshore Wind Limited (TOW) covers project management and foundation installation man- agement services for the Thanet offshore wind farm project. It consists of two individual contracts involving two of Noble Denton’s subsidiaries: BOMEL Limited has taken on the project management role including the design, construction, installa- tion, testing and commissioning activities, while Noble Denton Consultants Limited are responsible for the foundation installa- tion management.
Located off the coast of Margate in Kent, the Thanet offshore wind farm project will be the UK’s largest offshore wind farm. Power delivery is scheduled to begin as early as next year. The wind farm will provide power for up to 240,000 homes, increasing the UK’s total offshore wind power capacity by 30 per cent.