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Jumbo completes PetroSA contract for Subsea Installation of Ikhwezi MEG Riser

End of January 2015 Jumbo completed the Subsea Installation of the replacement MEG riser for the Ikhwezi Project at the existing FA Platform.PetroSA awarded this fast track execution contract on December 5th 2014.With less than a month of engineering and preparation time, offshore Installation works commenced early January 2015.Jumbo’s Fairplayer, a state of the art DP2 Heavy Lift Crane Vessel with 2 x 900 Te revolving deep-water mast cranes, executed the offshore Installation.

The detailed scope of work for the riser installation included:

  • All installation engineering
  • Mobilization to South Africa
  • Load-out of 3” flexible MEG riser and protection/stabilization mattresses (Cape Town)
  • Pre-survey and preparations at FA Platform
  • Installation (J-tube pull-in), protection and stabilization of MEG riser at PetroSA’s FA Platform
  • “As built” post installation survey

With last year’s successful installation of PetroSA’s subsea structures in the Ikhwezi field, Fairplayer’s unique installation method “From Quayside-to-Seabed” proved again to be the best technical and most cost efficient solution. 

Manager of Commerce Offshore, Roddy Lafontaine says;
Our return to South Africa is recognition of our earlier fast track success with the Ikhwezi subsea structures.  We thank PetroSA for its continued confidence in Jumbo and the opportunity given to expand our services with the installation of subsea flexible risers.

Project Ikhwezi

Project Ikhwezi is Petro SA’s plan to prolong the life of the Mossgas Gas-To-Liquids plant near Mossel Bay by tapping into gas reserves of the F-O field. The F-O field, developed as a subsea tie-back, is located 40km south-east of the existing FA production platform off the south coast of South Africa. 


PetroSA  is the national oil company of South Africa. The company holds a portfolio of assets that spans the petroleum value chain, with all operations run according to world-class safety and environmental standards.  For further information please consult

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