July 6 - International offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore has been contracted by Perforadora Mexico to support, monitor and document the sequence for rig-down, transportation and offshore installation of the Veracruz platform rig

The 4,008-tonne drilling rig will be installed on the Ayasil A fixed platform, which is located offshore Mexico, and is currently being fabricated at the Lone Star yard in Baytown, Texas.

Once the platform has been assembled, hooked-up and commissioned at the Lone Star yard, it will be taken apart and shipped in modules on barges to the Ayasil A platform where it is reassembled.

Aqualis Offshore is managing the project out of its office in Mexico City, supported by the company's office in Houston, Texas, USA. The company has also established an operations office in Ciudad del Carmen to support offshore rig owners and oil service companies operating in the coastal city.

Dr Bader Diab, director - North America, Aqualis Offshore said the office in Mexico City enables the company to "support clients operating offshore Mexico" and that this contract illustrates how Aqualis Offshore can work "between our US and Mexican offices to ensure the safety and integrity of valuable offshore assets."