Fincantieri and NLI sign important collaboration agreement

5/24/2012

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. and NLI, a Norwegian oil and gas business supplier, announced the signing of a collaboration agreement, supporting the aim to penetrating the mobile drilling units construction market. 

This agreement includes the development of an innovative high quality drilling tower.

For NLI the partnership is a milestone. In 1974 they delivered the first derrick to the Norwegian offshore industry. Most recently they have developed a drill tower solution new to the global market. With this Italian-Norwegian partnership, NLI says it sees a great opportunity to reach out with their innovative solutions.

From now on the parties will include each other when approaching the market and present their projects to the various contractors and operators/oil companies.

The agreement follows the recent creation of the new Fincantieri Offshore Business Unit, dedicated to the commercialization and production of high valued offshore vessels such as drill ships, semisubmersibles, drilling rigs, pipe layers, construction vessels and non standard supply vessels.

The Fincantieri Offshore value proposition is based on the offer of new generation turnkey vessels, tailor-made to meet specific client requirements.

“We now have a yard, with financial power and world class knowhow, which is prepared to support the potential of our drilling tower,” says Sigve Barvik, NLI’s marketing director in a company press release. “Fincantieri’s European deepwater drilling initiative is unique and will allow us to fully develop a drilling tower with superior performance, efficiency, eco friendliness, and safety for the personnel.”

“We are very motivated to start this joint development process with a company delivering quality drilling and topsides engineering solutions,” adds Giuseppe Coronella, executive vice president of Fincantieri’s offshore business unit. “This will strengthen the capability of the established Fincantieri’s drilling supply chain, the ‘Polo Offshore’.”


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