Lankelma has been appointed by Venezuela-based consultant Geohidra to carry out ground investigation for the new Puente Nigale crossing over Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela.
The 10.8km road and rail bridge, which is to be built by Brazil-based contractor Odebrecht to a design by Cowi, will be the second crossing over Venezuela’s largess lake and link Santa Cruz de Mara and Punta de Palmas.
Lankelma has already mobilised its Combifloat C5 jack-up platform, which is capable of operating in water depths of up to 18m, for the ground investigation.
Geohidra and Lankelma will use three nearshore jack-up platforms to drill boreholes to a maximum depth of 70m depth into the mudstones beneath the lake during the nine month contract.
Lankelma has also purchased a wireline deployable CPT rig from AP van den Berg in the Netherlands to combine the best offshore techniques with nearshore site investigations.
Lankelma has also shipped a 6x6 21t CPT truck to Venezuela. The rig, which has been completely refurbished, will be used by Geohidra to carry out CPT as part of the onshore investigations for the bridge approaches.