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US OILFIELD SERVICES giant Halliburton is poised to launch a next generation stimulation vessel, the Stim Star Angola, specifically for work in Angola's offshore play.

The company said the move is in response to operators’ needs for stimulation treatments on offshore assets in the region.

The new vessel will serve as a high performance platform for delivering technology and helping reduce rig downtime and associated costs for operators.
Marc Edwards, vice president of Production Enhancement, within Halliburton’s Completion & Production division, said in a statement: “With the new Stim Star Angola stimulation vessel, operators will have cost-effective access to all phases of production stimulation including acidising, fracturing, sand control and conformance solutions for this developing deep-water market.”
The Stim Star Angola is certified for DP2 dynamic positioning, and will be capable of working in difficult sea conditions in deep-water locations at tension leg platforms, drillships, large semi-submersibles, or single wellheads.
The Stim Star Angola will be available by the
third quarter of this year and will be based in Soyo, Angola.