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A GIANT structure will sail out of a Hartlepool yard within weeks.

The completion of an 80ft topsides (the jacket structure for an offshore platform) is likely to happen at the Heerema Hartlepool yard this spring.

The yard is working on the Cygnus Alpha Platform, the first of four for the Cygnus field, which is the largest gas discovery in the Southern North Sea in the last 25 years.

Cygnus is operated by business partners GDF SUEZ, Centrica and Bayerngas. Greg McKenna, the Centrica director of non operated assets UK and Netherlands, said the completion of the first topsides was “an important milestone in the Cygnus project, which at peak will produce enough gas to meet the needs of 1.5 million UK homes.”

The Mail told yesterday how Heerema’s involvement in the project has taken the workforce at the Hartlepool yard from 450 to 700.

The yard is also working on other topsides, a compression module, two bridges and a flare tower for the four offshore platforms for the Cygnus project.




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