NAUTILUS Minerals awarded the contract for the supply of the entire electrical installation for its production support vessel to Siemens International Trading, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG.

Nautilus said Siemens will supply the entire shipboard electrical installation for the company’s production support vessel (PSV) to be first deployed for the Solwara 1 project in the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea.

The scope of supply will extend to all main generators, switchboards, transformers, electrical motors and associated systems for power generation, propulsion, automation and distribution.

Siemens will also be providing various switchboards and transformers to facilitate power distribution to various items of seafloor production equipment to be built into the PSV during the ship building process.

Nautilus chief executive Mike Johnston said the electrical package marked the fourth major long lead time package to be awarded by the shipyard, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding.

“We are especially pleased to be partnering with another world class, global company such as Siemens.”

Mr Johnston said the company had been involved with its first seafloor production system, along with other industry heavyweights such as GE Oil and Gas, Sandvik, Soil Machine Dynamics, Rolls Royce, Bedeschi and McGregor.

“We look forward to reporting on Siemens’ progress as the vessel construction progresses,” he added.