Heerema Hartlepool secures another North Sea platform order

Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven.
Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven.

A HARTLEPOOL fabrication yard is celebrating after securing yet another order.

Heerema Fabrication Group’s Hartlepool yard has been awarded a deal to build a wellhead platform, access desk and other facilities for a client called Maersk Oil North Sea UK.

Maersk operates the Culzean field in the North Sea.

The first part of the deal is for Heerema to build and install the wellhead platform jacket which will be more than 350ft tall.

The wellhead access deck will also be fabricated in Hartlepool, with the jacket and piles being built at Heerema’s yard in Vlissingen in Holland. The whole deal is for 7,100 tonne of fabrication work which will start in January next year, and continue until March 2016.

HFG’s chief executive Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven said it was “of great importance” that a UK company had secured the work. He added: “Heerema Hartlepool is a reputable and reliable UK based contractor. Heerema Vlissingen is specially equipped for the execution of jacket constructions and has an impressive track record.

“Both are part of HFG, a strong group that is familiar with the requirements of Maersk Oil. We are very pleased with this award which is in line with our strategy to be a reputable contractor creating value for clients in the offshore oil and gas industry. We look forward to a successful project execution and continuing to build on our pleasant relationship with Maersk Oil UK.”

The Culzean field is in the UK sector of the Central North Sea around 120 miles east of Aberdeen, and in around 240ft of water.

The fuel reservoir is more than 4,000ft below sea level.

First gas is currently expected in 2019. The Culzean project has the potential to meet around five per cent of UK gas demand in 2020/21.

The Heerema yard in Hartlepool is enjoying bright times at the moment. Last week, we told how nearly £90m was being added to the North-East economy thanks to a massive contract for the Cygnus gas project in the North Sea.

Cygnus is creating and securing nearly 400 jobs primarily in Hartlepool.

Three platforms for Cygnus are being built in the town, making it the third consecutive offshore project by Centrica Energy to involve major construction work in Hartlepool.