Work complete on oil module

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A FABRICATION yard has completed its latest jobs-boosting project.

A giant process module weighing 750-tonnes has sailed out from Hartlepool to the BP Andrew oil field in the North Sea.

The huge 90ft structure was made at the Greenland Road manufacturing base of Heerema after creating 180 jobs for the Hartlepool company.

It has now been completed and sailed out without any injuries, despite the project being challenging and incorporating many design changes.

Work started on the project early last year and Heerema project manager Ken Scott admitted: “The fabrication process of the BP Andrew module was a challenging project with many design changes during the process.”

He said the work had also needed “a special method of installing the module on the existing structure”.

The BP module was built as a so-called “bolt on” process module to go on the side of an existing oilfield platform.

It meant the module was positioned on two huge hinge pins placed into two engagement hooks welded onto the existing BP Andrew brownfield platform structure.

More details in Friday’s Mail.