Ensign platform is towed out of yard

The Heerema project pictured being towed away from Hartlepool. Picture by Tom Collins.
The Heerema project pictured being towed away from Hartlepool. Picture by Tom Collins.

A HUGE 150-ft high structure has left the Hartlepool skyline for a permanent home in the North Sea.

Workmen successfully completed a 12-month project to build a 2,200 tonne combined topside and jacket at Heerema, in Hartlepool.

The contract, carried out on behalf of Centrica, involved constructing a platform called Ensign.

It was due to be moved to the mid-North Sea for placement offshore between the Humber and Yarmouth.

After a two-day journey, which started on Wednesday, it will travel to the location where it will spend up to 10 days being installed at its new site.

It is expected to be handed over and ready for use within four to six weeks in its role as an unmanned well head satellite platform.

Meanwhile, work is continuing at Heerema’s Hartlepool yard on two other projects.

One of those is a 2,500 tonne jacket for Centrica, and the second is an 800 tonne smaller project for BP.

Both are expected to be completed between mid and late 2013.