Town-built platform sails away to new home

The 200ft high platform leaves Hartlepool for its new home off the coast of Yorkshire

The 200ft high platform leaves Hartlepool for its new home off the coast of Yorkshire

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A 200ft high platform built in Hartlepool has begun its journey to its new home.

The giant 2,750 tonne structure, constructed at Heerema Hartlepool for energy firm Centrica, sailed out on the morning tide yesterday for the short journey to a gas field off the Yorkshire coast.

The platform was built bang on target in just over a year at the Heerema fabrication yard, in Greenland Road, for Centrica’s York Field Development gas field.

It was the latest stage of a flourishing link-up between Heerema and Centrica which has so far seen the Hartlepool firm complete three contracts – bringing praise from Centrica chiefs.

They have hailed the Hartlepool company as a “good place to do work”.

In March last year, the town 460-strong workforce began work on the platform.

It consists of a 1,300 topside platform and a 1,450 tonnes jacket, which is the legs of the structure. It will be installed in a 130ft-deep gas field, with the transport and installation handled by Heerema’s sister division Heerema Marine Contractors.

The platform is an unmanned facility linked to Centrica’s gas terminal at Easington, in the East Riding area of Yorkshire, via a 20-mile pipeline.

The York Field development will exploit gas reservoirs in the southern North Sea, around 20 miles north-east of Easington.