RBG’s new Namibian joint venture wins first US$8 million contract

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    RBG Limited (RBG), a provider of fabric maintenance, construction support services to the oil and gas industry, said that its Namibian joint venture, Elgin RBG PTY Limited (Elgin RBG) has won a contract worth over $8 million. Elgin RBG is a 50/50 joint venture between RBG International Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of RBG Ltd, and Elgin Brown & Hamer. The contract is to repair and upgrade Transocean Ltd’s Sedneth 701 for over a three year period.

    Elgin RBG will deliver against a survey and repair scope to the vessel and drilling systems, including ballast pipe work replacement, hull repairs, steel, electrical and HVACR works, as well as more traditional painting and blasting.

    Topside and subsea inspection of the rig will be handled by rope access technicians and divers respectively. Traditionally, deepwater units in Angola have had to travel north to Cameroon or the Canary Isles, or south to Cape Town for works.

    Calum Buchanan, Marine director, commented: “At Walvis Bay, we are able to offer rig and ship owners the full spectrum of repair and upgrade facilities. We are fully equipped to deal with special periodic surveys within the shipyard, but similarly, we are able to carry out extensive services offshore, on the unit”. The current services offered by the company, coupled with ambitious future development plans, will make Elgin RBG the largest provider of rig and ship repair and upgrade services in the country.

    He continued: “Namibia is a good proposition for rig and ship owners due to its stable political structure and governmental support of the industry. Importing and exporting is not overly onerous and if you follow the system items can be shipped in and out of the country with ease.”

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