Heerema work is a platform for success

Greg McKenna (left) regional director of Centrica Energy's Southern North Sea business, with Wim Matthijssen, chief operating officer of Heerema Fabrication Group, at the Hartlepool yard

Greg McKenna (left) regional director of Centrica Energy's Southern North Sea business, with Wim Matthijssen, chief operating officer of Heerema Fabrication Group, at the Hartlepool yard

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DELIGHTED officials have praised a Hartlepool fabrication yard which is on course to complete a massive order on time.

Manufacturing work on platforms for the £1.4bn Cygnus gas exploration project is gathering pace in town at the Heerema plant in Greenbank Road.

Heerema Hartlepool won the money-spinning deal to build platforms as part of the Cygnus project in the southern part of the North Sea.

Heerema is responsible for three phases of the Cygnus deal and a first milestone is expected to be reached before long. The construction and installation of the mezzanine deck, pipework and weatherdecks of the platforms is expected to be completed in the late summer.

More than 450 jobs have been secured through the contract, which is the third consecutive one won by Heerema with Centrica Energy, one of three partners in the Cygnus project.

The first two involved Centrica Energy’s York platform which produced its first gas earlier this year, after being built in Hartlepool. That followed hot on the heels of the Ensign project the year before.

Heerema is now building three topsides for offshore platforms for the Cygnus field, which will involve over 10,500 tonnes of steelwork. The overall project will take until 2015 to complete.

Greg McKenna, regional director of Centrica Energy’s Southern North Sea business, said: “Cygnus is already delivering on its promise to create and protect jobs. The Hereema yard is working to a tight schedule to turn around these major rig components and we are pleased to see everything running well as we approach six months of work on site.”

But he said another aspect to the job was just as important as work being completed on time.

He added: “Safety performance is vital at every stage of the energy supply chain, and there have been strong results at Hereema since manufacturing began, with no incidents or lost time reported.

“Cygnus has a significant role to play in meeting energy demand across the UK, as do the teams involved in delivering these major pieces of infrastructure.”

The Cygnus Partnership is led by operator GDF with partners Centrica Energy and Bayerngas. Cygnus is so vast it will eventually create 4,000 jobs during construction.