Heerema Hartlepool awarded Culzean WHP jacket

21 October 2014, Hartlepool

Heerema Fabrication Group’s Hartlepool yard in the United Kingdom has been awarded the Procurement & Construction contract of the Culzean Wellhead Platform (WHP) jacket, wellhead access deck and access ways for client Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited, operator of the Culzean field in the North Sea.

Culzean is an Ultra High Pressure High Temperature Development field. The jacket for the WHP is the first to be constructed and installed in range of the Culzean field and will be approximately 114 m tall with a footprint of 31 x 31 m and a top of 22 x 22 m. The wellhead access deck and access ways will be fabricated in Hartlepool, with the WHP jacket and piles being built at Heerema’s yard in Vlissingen. The total expected scope of the Culzean project for execution at HFG’s yards will represent approximately 7,100 tons fabrication work. Construction is due to start in January 2015 for completion in March 2016.

According to Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, Chief Executive Officer of HFG: "Having been able to secure this work for a UK based company is of great importance. Heerema Hartlepool is a reputable and reliable UK based contractor located in the North East. 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 & 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 situated in the UK sector of the Central North Sea approximately 200 km east of Aberdeen in license block 22/25a. The water depth is approximately 88 m and the reservoir is located around 4,300 m below sea level. The overall Culzean development concept consists of a wellhead platform, a central processing facility platform and a separate utilities and living quarter platform with capacity for over 100 people. The platforms will be linked via two bridges approximately 100 m in length.  First gas is currently expected in 2019. The Culzean project has the potential to meet around 5% of UK gas demand in 2020/21.