Valhall deck sets sail for offshore installation

15 July 2010, Zwijndrecht

Largest offshore deck ever built in the Netherlands sets sail for offshore installation. The 11,000-tons BP Valhall main deck started its journey for final destination offshore Norway

Heerema Zwijndrecht, one of the three production locations of Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG), officially handed over the massive 11,000-tons weighing Valhall Re-Development Integrated Production & Hotel Facility deck to its owners BP Norge. Tuesday at 06:00 pm the barge carrying the deck has set course to the Valhall field offshore Norway for installation.

Heerema Zwijndrecht was awarded the fabrication and integration contract in March 2007 of the 11,000-tons weighing Integrated Production & Hotel Facility topsides together with the 350-tons flare boom structure of which fabrication started in November 2007. Additionally, on 23 June 2009 Heerema Zwijndrecht received the award for the fabrication of the 2,000-tons Weather Deck module.  

The BP Valhall main deck is 100 meter long, 47 meter wide and 50 meter in height. The total height after crane installation is 68.5 meter. Sail away to offshore Norway of the flareboom, bridges 1 and 2 and the weather deck module, flareboom and bridge is planned for 16 and 20 July respectively.

Ronald Wiebes, project manager of Heerema Zwijndrecht says: “Until the very last minute before sail away everyone was working very hard to complete the main deck. It was with great pride that I saw the deck leaving for its final offshore destination. A true master piece, which we could not have accomplished without the excellent support of everyone involved in the project execution. In this respect I would like to thank our customer BP Norge for their cooperation. With their assistance and trust we have accomplished a high quality platform which should last for at least 40 years in the harsh North Sea environment. ”

Tino Vinkesteijn, managing director of Heerema Zwijndrecht and Heerema Vlissingen adds: “First of all I would like to express our appreciation to our employees, subcontractors, suppliers, BP’s site team and all others for their commitment and very hard work to achieve this major accomplishment. This project is the biggest to date and demonstrates our flexibility to manage challenging complex projects like this one and be able to deliver a high quality product in time. It furthermore has created substantial employment for more than 2,500,000 man hours at our yard and subsequent supply chain.”

Chris Ruthven, Topsides Project Manager BP, continues: “This has been a huge undertaking. The BP Valhall Re-Development is a complex project designed for 40 years and built to high specifications. BP and their partners would like to thank Heerema Fabrication Group for their commitment and effort to achieve a high standard of completion.”

Company profile Heerema Fabrication Group: 

Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG), headquartered in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands, is a leading engineering and fabrication contractor for large and complex offshore structures to the global oil and gas and energy industry. HFG owns three large production locations of which two are situated in the Netherlands (Vlissingen and Zwijndrecht), one in the United Kingdom (Hartlepool), a fabrication facility in Poland (Opole) and an engineering company in the Netherlands (Zwijndrecht). Heerema Fabrication Group employs over 1,000 people. HFG is part of the Heerema Group.