Welsh firm wins Chinese tanker conversion contract

Apr 11, 1997 02:00 AM

A Welsh ship repair company has won the first ever sub-contract from China for work involving the conversion of an oil tanker into a floating production platform.
Harris Pye Marine Ltd said it had won a multi-million pound order from Hyundai's shipyard at Shanhaiguan for the refurbishment of a VLCC for Brazilian Petrobras. "It represents a major breakthrough in the Far East market place," said Harris Pye Marine owners Tony Jones and Mike Dawson, "and a big boost to the local economy. We have targeted the country for some time and this marketing initiative has borne fruit with this contract, the first of many we believe will be coming out of the People's Republic in the near future," they said.
The Barry Docks-based company said: "We will send a team of more than 100 local workers to China for four months to equip the tanker for its new seabound role extracting further oil reserves from existing fields." Work will mainly involve refurbishment of gas turbines, boilers and the electricity generating plant on the ship.
Harris Pye Marine has won the sub-contract in competition with three other preferred sub-contractors nominated by Petrobras.

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