Offshore Opportunity

May 14, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Hemas group and Colombo Dockyard have teamed up with Singapore’s Toll Offshore Petroleum Services to bid for Cairn India’s contract for offshore oil field support services, officials said. “Hemas Holdings, Colombo Dockyard and Toll Offshore Petroleum Services have jointly placed a bid for the offshore supply base for Cairn,” Irshad Mushin, director – maritime transportation of Hemas group told LBO.

“We have proposed viable sites in Sri Lanka.”

Cairn Lanka, a unit of Cairn India, which is part of Britain’s Cairn Energy, has called for expressions of interest and pre-qualification for provision of services to support its exploration effort.

Cairn has called for support for drilling, testing and completion of exploratory wells in a deep-water block in the Mannar Basin off north-west Sri Lanka.

Cairn plans to start drilling test wells by January 2011 to May 2011.

Colombo Dockyard managing director Mangala Yapa said offshore oil explorations in Sri Lankan waters gives good opportunities for both engineering and shipping companies.

“Colombo Dockyard is confident we can be involved in some of the engineering and other logistics requirements, especially because we h