Hartlepool yard completes jobs-boosting contract

Maersk Oils Culzean project director Martin Urquhart, centre left and Heerema chief executive Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven shake on the platform contract watched by fellow executives.
Maersk Oils Culzean project director Martin Urquhart, centre left and Heerema chief executive Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven shake on the platform contract watched by fellow executives.

A Hartlepool fabrication yard has successfully completed a jobs-boosting contract for a North Sea energy project.

Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) which has a yard in Hartlepool, the Netherlands and Poland won the big contract from client Maersk Oil to build the parts for a platform in the Culzean field in the North Sea.

A wellhead access deck and access ways made at Heerema in Hartlepool is now on its way to its final destination – the Ultra High Pressure High Temperature Culzean development field in the UK sector of the North Sea, where Heerema Marine Contractors will perform the installation.

Heerema Vlissingen in Holland constructed the jacket for the platform which is also now on its way.

Together with the Hartlepool made deck and access ways they weigh 7,100 tons.

Remco van Gilst, yard director of Heerema Vlissingen in the Netherlands said: “It has been a challenging project.

“Thanks to the shared philosophy of our client and HFG that a successful execution of the job requires close collaboration, we managed to deliver a product that meets the highest quality standards.”

Heerema Fabrication Group were awarded the procurement and construction contract by Maersk Oil in October 2014.

Heerema’s project manager Culzean, Patrick Put added: “We can be proud of the jacket which is the result of well-oiled cooperation between the HFG yards in Hartlepool, Zwijndrecht, Opole and Vlissingen.”

The Culzean project has the potential to meet around 5% of the UK’s gas consumption by 2020/21.