Due to their 2004 drilling commitments, Diamond Offshore undertook a program to increase the usable deck area onboard the Ocean Epoch. AME collaborated with AMASE Inc. of Houston Texas, to design and draft three new deck extensions.
Project management was performed in-house by AME, thus ensuring the timely and efficient coordination of scaffolding, steel fabrication, painting, and transportation & installation activities.
AME personnel carried out preparatory works whilst the rig was under tow from The Bass Strait to Perth, and subsequently from Perth to Dampier. Installation of the decks was undertaken over a three-week period (24 hrs/day, 7 days/week), whilst the rig was on-site.
As the rig was operational during the installation phase AME liaised closely with Diamond Offshore to ensure drilling operations were not interrupted.