Heerema Hartlepool, one of the three fabrication locations of Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG), has been awarded the EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) contract of the 2,750 tonnes York platform destined for the York Field Development gasfield in the UK Continental Shelf.
At Heerema Hartlepool the construction work of the 1,300 tonnes topsides and 1,450 tonnes jacket of the York platform will be started in April next. The topsides will measure 20 metres in length, 15 metres in width and 16 metres in height. The jacket with a height of 69 metres and a footprint of 30 x 20 metres will be installed in a water depth of approximately 43 metres. The transport and installation of Centrica's York platform has been awarded to our sister division Heerema Marine Contractors. The York platform is an unmanned facility with a tie back to Centrica's Easington gas terminal via a 34 km (21.25 miles) 16 inch pipeline. The York Field Development will exploit gas reservoirs in the Southern North Sea of the UK Continental Shelf, approximately 35 kilometres North-East of Easington.
Currently at our Hartlepool yard the fabrication work continues of another Centrica project, the 1,100 tonnes Ensign platform. This Seaharvester type of platform consists of a topsides of 600 tonnes and a 500 tonnes jacket, for which our engineering company HFG Engineering has executed the design work. It is expected that the Ensign platform will be ready for installation in June 2011.
Remco van Gilst, VP Business Development and Sales of Heerema Fabrication Group says: "This is already the third project awarded to HFG since the contract award by Centrica of the F3-FA self-installing platform early 2009. The good relationship with our client Centrica and the ongoing investments of Centrica for the UK sector of the North Sea create an excellent opportunity for our fabrication facility in Hartlepool for continued employment conditions and additional supply-chain jobs in the region. This new contract together with the ongoing construction work of the 1,100 tonnes Ensign platform will secure jobs until mid 2012."
"Based on Centrica's strategy to strengthen its position in the future energy supplies of the UK and subsequent future projects we look forward to continuing our relationship with our client Centrica. We are convinced that our project management expertise and capabilities can create additional value to Centrica and it would be our pleasure to contribute to their ambitious goals", continues Tino Vinkesteijn, Chief Commercial Officer of HFG.
Steve Kemp, Centrica Energy Upstream's Regional Director for the Southern North Sea, says: "York is an exciting new development for Centrica Energy Upstream as we continue to invest in the North Sea. We are delighted to continue our support of UK business by working with Heerema Fabrication Group to build the platform in Hartlepool, helping to secure jobs in the area."